How can we overcome SOCIAL ANXIETY?

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How can we overcome Social Anxiety

 

Social anxiety is the fear of  interaction with other people that brings on self-consciousness, feelings of being negatively judged and evaluated, and, as a result, leads to avoidance. (Source)

Do you have personal experiences with social anxiety? Do you know someone who has it? How can people in society help those with social anxiety? How can you help yourself?

Let’s talk. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “How can we overcome SOCIAL ANXIETY?

  1. You just have to try to be at ease, take deep breaths and think the other person is also like you, no more no less. Think positive of yourself. Try to initiate a good conversation and after getting a positive response from the other side, you start feeling comfortable. At first, you have to act just like you act on stage then gradually things turn out in your favour and you start feeling good in the end 🙂

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  2. Sometimes I try to plan in my head how the conversation should go on while IN the actual. Though it makes me a bit slow to respond, it sure gives me confidence. I put more effort on the nonverbals especially my facial expressions. Here in Southeast Asia, we smile in every conversation, be it something about a relative dying or getting reprimanded privately. It’s somewhat a sign of warm respect or acknowledgment. More importantly, smiling has this relaxing effect. It gives me more than just the ease. So there. Smiling. 🙂

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    1. It’s kind of unusual to smile during trials, but I think we are known for our resilience. I also play some conversations in my mind before talking to someone. I can only talk freely with those I feel secure with.

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  3. Filipinos (and generally the Malays) have this interesting cultural communication and I think it helps us to adjust in situations though outside the region it is deemed disrespectful. Of course you get to do that only with the ones you know or with some familiar strangers.

    But with anyone who has the usual social anxiety, it means a lot. When a familiar stranger smiles at me, I get anxious to say ‘hi!’ and it’s a positive thing. It melts every (negative) thoughts in my head.

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