You must also learn to encourage yourself and decide to stay determined in life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita“When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen.There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly.” ― Patrick Overton Social anxiety makes a lot of common tasks difficult.We all know the feeling of being nervous or uncomfortable in a social situation.Maybe you’ve clammed up when meeting someone new or gotten sweaty palms before making a big presentation.You might avoid all social contact because things that other people consider “normal” -- like making small talk and eye contact -- make you so uncomfortable.All aspects of your life, not just the social, could start to fall apart.
You are brave for doing things even though they scare you or make you anxious.
They are terrified they will humiliate or embarrass themselves.
The anxiety can interfere significantly with daily routines, occupational performance, or social life, making it difficult to complete school, interview and get a job, and have friendships and romantic relationships.
The following definitions are provided to clarify how each term is used in this article.
Shyness, social anxiety, social phobia...these terms are often used interchangeably, although their meanings are often quite different and can lead to confusion and misunderstanding.