Do you find it hard to socialize with other people? Do you feel overwhelmed at the thought of going to a social event?
It can be very easy to confuse social anxiety and shyness…. Since they share many of the same characteristics.
While shyness is a personality trait….social anxiety is a mental illness. Before we begin we’d like to mention that this article is created for educational purposes only….and is not intended to substitute a professional diagnosis. So, With that being said, here are eight signs you might have social anxiety.
#8 You’re always Self-Conscious.
One aspect of social anxiety is the extreme fear of being judged. According to Kocovski and Endler if you have social anxiety; You’ll constantly worry about the way you look or act and what others think of you.
Your greatest fear is of embarrassing yourself in front of others.. A shy person on the other hand, will only worry about being judged in certain situations…. like in public speaking or when meeting someone new.
#7 Your Social anxiety feels out of hand.
There are times when it’s normal to feel shy or nervous around other people…. for example when you move to a new school or have to perform in front of an audience.
But social anxiety is irrational and unwarranted. You may feel distressed about things as simple as making eye contact with someone, using public transportation or eating in front of other people.
The fear is always there ..The fear is always there.