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Social anxiety is the fear of social situations and the interaction with other people that can automatically bring on feelings of self-consciousness, judgement, evaluation, and inferiority. Put differently social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, leading to feelings of inadequacy, embarrassment, humiliation, and depression. If a person usually becomes anxious in social situations, but seems fine when they are by them selves, then social anxiety may be the problem.
Social anxiety disorder or social phobia is a much more common problem then psychologists originally thought. Millions of people al over the world suffer from social phobia every day, either from a specific or a more generalized social anxiety.
Social anxiety disorder is the third largest psychological disorder in the United States, behind depression and alcoholism. It is estimated that 7-8% of people suffer from some form of social phobia.
People who suffer from general social phobia will tend to worry about becoming the center of attention, worrying that everyone is looking at them, and noticing what they are doing. They may fear being introduced to other people and may even worry about eating or drinking in public. They might feel so embarrassed about undressing in public that you can't face ...
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