Friday, January 15, 2021

Types of Social Anxiety: Variations, Severity & Triggers


People suffer from anxiety differently in different types of social situations.

Not only does social anxiety happen in different types of social situations for different people, it also varies in it’s intensity, duration and is highly situational.

Everyone feels some degree of social anxiety in day to day life, but for the majority, it causes only very minor issues.

There aren’t specific types of social anxiety as such – it is all essentially the same thing…my point was that it varies in it’s triggers, and it’s severity.

Main Types of Social Anxiety:
Generalized and Non-Generalized

Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder is where it holds back someone’s life in a range of different social activities. For example someone with generalized social phobia might have just as big a problem in a one-on-one conversation, as they would in a group setting.

Of the 2 social anxiety types, Generan social phobia takes more work to overcome. That said, I had this type, and I’ve beaten it. So despite the difficulty, it can be done.

Once the required changes are made inside the mind, you’re ‘healed’. You can learn how to do this here: Overcome Social Anxiety (Plan) in 7 Steps

To sum up Generalized social anxiety, it affects almost any situation in which you need to be near other people. It really dominates one’s life. If you have this, my first of many tips is don’t get yourself too worried. It really isn’t the end of the world (although, granted, it can seem that way).

You don’t have an illness, just a very confused subconscious mind. 

They call it a disorder, but that implies that it’s some sort of permanent problem. It isn’t. It can be beaten, and you will do it just as I have.

The subconscious mind can be positively ‘edited’ so to speak. This is very doable. My article overcoming social anxiety disorder shows WHY beating SA is possible. 

You’ll become a stronger person as you progress  – I assure you of that! You wouldn’t believe how mentally and spiritually strong I’ve become, partly due to my efforts overcoming social anxiety in my teens. Sometimes awesome things happen because of the struggles we go through. 

What Is Non-Generalized Social Anxiety?

Non-Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder is where social anxiety happens to a person in very specific circumstances. This person’s social life is mostly enjoyable enough, apart from maybe one or two specific types of situation.

The most common type of Non-Generalized SAD is where someone can have casual conversation without any anxiety, yet speaking in front of a group would make that person have a social anxiety attack.

Another common type of specific social anxiety is when someone can talk all day long about a specific topic, in like a structured conversation, yet this person would ‘fold’ when it came to casual, unstructured conversation. For example this guy might be able to easily tell the girl about their work project, but he might get anxious when talking about personal stuff.

Whichever Type of Social Anxiety you have,
You CAN Overcome them

It will be difficult – of that I have no doubt. But everything really worthwhile in life, everything that really boosts your happiness, requires a lot of energy to develop. 

Access to your real social ability, the one lying beneath the surface right now, the one that it will feel amazing when you eventually express it…it takes a lot of effort and some bravery to really unleash that.

Once you’ve taken the steps required (steps that anyone would admire if they only knew just how scary anxiety can be), you’ll feel like such a stronger person. You can do this. I know you can because I did!

Solving Social Anxiety in Teenagers

Social anxiety in teenagers is a difficult but beatable problem. This short article shows you the 2 steps than can put an end to social phobia in teens.

Get yourself to a school where
people DO NOT disrespect you

The only way to beat social anxiety is to help your subconscious mind realize that most people, most of the time, are not a threat. If you go to a school where kids disrespect you regularly, how can your mind make that important realization?

You need to be at a school where people aren’t treating you as if you’re lower than they are. If that means kicking up a fuss with your parents and teachers to move schools, then so be it.

Moving schools is a lot of trouble to go to, but your happiness comes first. It takes priority over your education comfortably.

Have a good think about your current school situation, and if you realize that people often treat you disrespectfully, make the decision to force a move. It might be the only way to end social anxiety in college. 

I developed social anxiety disorder in youth aged 14 because of stuff that happened at school, and I should have moved. I was pretty low in my peers estimations, and didn’t get any real friends until I was 17. A change of school at 15 would have done me a lot of good – maybe it can for you.

Why I’m So Keen On Forcing A
Change of School

Once school peers see you as having a low social value, you’ll never shake off that image in their eyes. Why not?

Because human nature can be cruel. Friendship groups are established very early on. If you didn’t manage to make any friends early, it’s close to impossible to break into an existing social circle later on.

It’s up to you to judge your case. What feels like the best thing? To stay where you are? Or to move? Only you can decide, but a fresh start really might be the best thing for defeating social anxiety in teens.

It’s possible, of course, that at your current school, you don’t feel like you get disrespected too much, and that you have a few friends too. Social anxiety can be beaten at your current school if that’s the case.

Emily Murdoch
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