Social anxiety is a mental health condition that is characterized by an overwhelming sense of anxiety in social situations. People who are socially anxious (or “socially phobic”) are plagued by excessive stress and insecurity around other people.
Social phobics worry that when they interact with other people, whether in a formal or an informal setting, they will be negatively perceived. Social phobics tend to think others see them as inadequate or unlikable.
People with social anxiety can appear calm while inwardly experiencing a significant amount of stress. They may have recurring, negative thoughts about what other people think of them. For example, when they are at the store they may think the other customers are judging them or everyone is staring at them.
In an article from PsychCentral, the idea that self-absorption can lead to social anxiety is discussed. The writer describes how socially anxious people need to learn to focus on things other than themselves in order to feel less distressed around others. By absorbing themselves in the details around them, socially anxious people can lower their anxiety and worry less about what people think of them.
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