What is social anxiety?

Social anxiety, also called social phobia, is an intense and persistent fear of being judged or rejected by others in social or performance situations. People with social anxiety may experience severe anxiety or panic when they have to speak in public, meet new people, or participate in social activities. This anxiety can be so severe that it can lead to social isolation and negatively affect a person’s quality of life.

Causes of Social Anxiety The causes of social anxiety are complex and can vary from person to person. However, some common causes include past traumatic experiences, genetic factors, a trait inherited from a parent or other family member, chemical imbalances in the brain, learned behaviors, or cultural influences.

There are effective techniques for overcoming social anxiety. First, psychological approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy, which is designed to expose the patient face-to-face to their negative thoughts. They are often recommended to help people manage their social anxiety. In addition, relaxation, meditation, regular exercise and lifestyle modification, or learning new skills or new work experiences, can help people gain confidence and overcome their fears. Online training is a good compromise because it does not expose people to physical contact with other learners, and it is very affordable and much more complete than a traditional course.

In conclusion, overcoming anxiety is possible with an appropriate combination of positive psychological and behavioral approaches, as well as a personal commitment to lasting change. People with social anxiety or shyness can benefit from professional help to identify and treat the underlying causes of their anxiety and to learn effective strategies to overcome their fear and improve their quality of life. If you would like to access communication training, you can find it on the Edu-Performance store.

J. Goffinet, web editor