Overcoming Social Anxiety

There are a number of common triggers for Social Anxiety, and by far the most common one in my experience is speaking in front of an audience or giving a speech or presentation.

Other common triggers include:

  • Meeting people for the first time
  • Being, or feeling like you are the center of attention
  • People watching you while you’re doing something
  • Making small talk
  • Public speaking
  • Performing on stage
  • Being teased or criticized by others
  • Talking with authority figures or “important” people
  • Being asked to speak or answer a question in class
  • Going on a date
  • Using the phone for voice calls
  • Having to use public bathrooms
  • Taking an exam
  • Eating or drinking in a public place
  • Speaking up in a meeting
  • Attending parties or other informal social events

Of course there may be other situations and circumstances which may trigger social anxiety for you, however the above are the most common. If none of these are causing you problems, then you may not have social anxiety. If you are not sure, I’d recommend reading more about what social anxiety is, and perhaps also take the self test for social anxiety.

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