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Social anxiety, or social angst, causes loneliness for
many people. It works in a very subtle way to cause a person
loneliness. The person avoids social occasions because s/he is
uncomfortable in those situations. Avoiding social occasions provides
time in the person's comfort zone.
However, avoiding many social
occasions has a cumulative effect. When the person is ready for
social company, quite often there is nobody available for social
...is suffered by those who
care what other humans think about them. However, since we are social
animals, it is hard wired in us to care about the opinions of others.
There are a few humans whose mental make up is such that they are not
at all concerned about the opinions of others. Such people sow misery
in the lives of others and sometimes in their own lives.
So, if you
are suffering from social angst, it simply means that you are
human. Just remember that what you think about me is none of my
business. Also, what any one thinks about you is none of your
business. You are better off ignoring what anyone thinks about you
and just doing everything to the best of your ability.
Just because you...
...suffer from social
angst doesn't mean you have the disorder. Such a
disorder is also called social phobia. It is a chronic problem in
which your social uncertainty prevents you from taking certain social
actions. Examples are public speaking, being at parties or being in
any situation where you are likely to be evaluated by others. This video explains a lot about the disorder.
It would be worthwhile...
a test to see how you do. If your test score is low you don't have to be concerned about it and you can go to the social anxiety cure page and
take the actions that will help you overcome your anxiety.
You can take the test at Social Phobia Inventory.
If your test score is high it might be worthwhile to
explore treatment options. You may want to contact a Cognitive
Behavior Therapist and seek treatment.
If your test results do not indicate a severe condition, you may do well by joining a social anxiety forum. When
people get together they can provide therapy to each other, a kind of
therapy that even psychiatrists and psychologists may not be able to provide.
There are different ways of treatment.
You can explore self help options at the Social Anxiety Self Help page.
Overcoming this problem is a
prerequisite to overcoming your loneliness.
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