Do any of the following situations create significant anxiety for you?
- Meeting new people
- Interacting with an authority figure
- Speaking in front of a group
- Mingling with people at a party or work event
- Eating in public
- Talking on the telephone
- Being the center of attention
- Having someone watch you complete a task
Do you avoid these situations because you’re afraid you will embarrass yourself in front of others? Or, because you’re convinced you won’t know what to say or do?
Do you fear being judged or criticized by others?
Are you frequently worried about making mistakes, looking bad, or being embarrassed in front of others?
Do you often feel out of place or insecure in social situations?
Many people experience mild anxiety in some social situations. However, if you answered “yes” to several of the questions listed above, your social anxiety may be limiting your personal and/or professional life.
If you are experiencing social anxiety, you are not alone.
Social anxiety is quite common. Unfortunately, many people suffer with the condition for years before seeking help. As a result, people who with social anxiety often feel stuck and a little hopeless.
But change is possible.
Therapy sessions can help you gain confidence in your ability to interact with others.
More specifically, therapy can:
- give you tools and techniques for managing your anxiety,
- help improve social skills, and
- help you stop avoiding social situations and engage more with others.
If social anxiety is getting in the way of living your best life, then I hope you will give therapy a try.