Overcoming Social Anxiety

Freud & Fashion

{Claremont, California}

To continue my series on conquering our fears (see Part 1 here), Part 2 consists of one of the more common phobias: Social Phobia.  I struggled with social anxiety since childhood (as I discussed in a previous post) and often felt uncomfortable in any situation that involved interacting with people. It wasn’t until six years ago during my psychiatry residency training that I finally gained control of my symptoms.  Some of the common thoughts that would race through my mind:

– “Are people judging my appearance?”

– “What should I say so that I don’t sound stupid?”

– “Hurry up and say something so that people don’t think I’m shy and quiet”

– “What I said was so stupid, they must think I’m an idiot”

– “What excuse can I give to avoid going to the event?”

My social anxiety dominated a huge part of my daily life.

If you also struggle with

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Author: Allick Delancy

WE ALL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DO GREAT THINGS IN LIFE! The areas of education, psychology, motivation, behavioural coaching, management of stress, anger and conflict, has always interested Allick Delancy. For this reason, over the years he has conducted research in these fields and has experienced great success in writing, lecturing and assisting other persons to develop their fullest potentials. He has obtained a Bachelors of Science in Behavioural Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology and Sociology. Allick Delancy also earned a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology, with general emphasis in Learning, Development, Testing and Research from Andrews University. He has worked in the field of community mediation, education--conducting life skills training (for students, teachers and parents), as well as conducting Functional Behavioural Assessments and developing Functional Behavioural Plans. He also lectures at the Bachelors degree level in Early Childhood and Family Studies, Leadership and Management and co-wrote an undergraduate course in social work.

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