Butterflies – Thriving in Social Situations
If you’ve ever been that person at the party standing in a corner watching everyone else have a good time, then you probably know something about social anxiety.
Social anxiety is defined by the Social Anxiety Institute as “the fear of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people, leading to feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, self-consciousness, embarrassment, humiliation, and depression.”
Are we really so conscious of what other people think of us?
When you’re the person standing in the corner at that party, it’s easy to believe that you’re the only one who has ever felt socially awkward. But in truth, more than 15 million Americans are so strongly affected by this discomfort that they have what’s known as a Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and that doesn’t even count those who suffer from shyness or mild social fears!
Knowing that you experience social anxiety and knowing what to do with it are two separate things. In this book, you’re going to first explore a little about why we have social fears in the first place. After that, we’re going to look at ways to prepare for social situations, followed by some tips on dealing with social anxiety in the moment.
Start the process now of learning to thrive in social situations!
Introvert Survival Guide
Many of us are surprised to find later in life that we are introverts. This is particularly confusing for those who are outgoing and socially skilled.
However, the stereotypes of introverts as wallflowers, computer geeks whose only interactions are online, and crazy cat ladies still abound.
For one, not all introverts are shy. Some of us are, but not all. And we don’t all choose to spend time with our cats instead of people, though some do.
So, who are we and what makes us who we are?