What It's Like Being an Introvert With Social Anxiety

Posted on June 20, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, being an introvert does not automatically translate to having social anxiety. Social anxiety leaves individuals feeling intense fear of being judged or rejected by others in social settings, and can occur to anyone, regardless of their introversion. On the other hand, being an introvert is the nature of an individual, a preference for more tranquil environments, and this cannot be easily changed. However, it is relatively common for introverts to experience social anxiety.

Social anxiety can be extremely distressing for introverts, driving them to seek a hiding place for them to escape the social situation. It can attack individuals anytime and anywhere, sometimes even inducing panic attacks. Although it is not uncommon, social anxiety is somewhat of a taboo in our society due to the stigma surrounding it. Those who have not experienced it for themselves would not be able to understand what it would be like to struggle with social anxiety, hence people who are suffering from social anxiety disorder are prone to being misunderstood.

Individuals with social anxiety may fault themselves for feeling the way they do under certain situations. This may cause them to isolate themselves even more, worsening their condition. Social anxiety is not something one can simply ‘get over’ or control easily. A Facebook group has been made for people suffering from social anxiety to provide a better understanding of what they are experiencing and how others might be able to better interpret their responses in social settings.

Our society needs greater awareness about social anxiety disorder and accept it as something real and valid that many individuals face. By doing so, we can provide better help to those experiencing social anxiety.

Category(s):Anxiety, Social Anxiety / Phobia

Source material from Psychology Today