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Hypnotherapy for Social Anxiety in Rubery

What is Social Anxiety or Fear of Being Judged?

Although social anxiety may be a “new” name, it is a problem that has been around for many hundreds of years.

Social Anxiety is the Fear (or worry) of being judged by other people and for many people it can have a very debilitating effect on their lives.

People suffering from social anxiety will be very familiar with the phrase “you worry too much about what people think” and in essence, this is true.

Social Anxiety may be experienced in many different ways, and to help you identify if this IS your problem, I have listed below some typical symptoms associated with this anxiety:-

▪ Often feeling like your being “put on the spot”
▪ Go cold at the idea of standing up and talking to a large group of people
▪ Have a very limited social life with very few friends
▪ Being “shy” in common social settings
▪ Dislike being at parties
▪ Worry about Exam results
▪ Always sticking to the rules
▪ Difficulty talking on the telephone
▪ Stuttering and Stammering
▪ Find it difficult to look people in the eye
▪ Feeling like a “fraud” and that people may be able to “see through you”
▪ Always asking for feedback about “how well you are doing”

Social Anxiety should not be underestimated as it can cause people to withdraw from life and, if not addressed, “migrate” into a Depressive Disorders. Social Anxiety can influence almost every aspect of your life and is almost certainly the most common form of anxiety experienced by people.

What causes Social Phobia?

Most people who suffer from social Anxiety are likely to have had the problem from an early age.

It is unusual to develop this type of problem later in life, although it may not become “expressed” as a problem until after some significant event triggers these buried feelings.

Social Anxiety is almost always “created” when some experience in our developmental years leaves us feeling emotionally overwhelmed and unable to deal with the feelings we felt at the time of the incident.

We might, perhaps, have had an experience where we felt like we “made a fool of ourselves” and have perceived that all the people who witnessed this incident were somehow “laughing at me”.

Something may have happened that made us feel terribly embarrassed causing us to “blush”, only then to find that any situation that in some way reminds us of this experience, causes this “blush response” to occur again.

Perhaps there were very high expectations to succeed in your family environment, in which case you may have felt that “failing” in some way would lead to “ridicule” or perhaps even some form of punishment, in which case you would learn to “dread” failure and constantly worry about it.

Almost any experience of this nature can create social anxiety in life.


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