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PUBLIC SPEAKING ANXIETY AND FEAR OF BRAIN FREEZES

The fear of public speaking is the most common phobia ahead of death, spiders, or heights. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that public speaking anxiety, or glossophobia, affects about 73% of the population. The underlying fear is judgment or negative evaluation by others. Public speaking anxiety is considered a social anxiety disorder. The […]

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STUCK IN THE AFTERMATH OF SOCIAL ANXIETY AND RUMINATION

What is post-event rumination and how does it relate to social anxiety? “Why did I say that?”  “I was the most awkward person at the party.”  “I was so quiet that no one even noticed that I was there.”  Have thoughts like this plagued you following a social event?  When a person is stuck thinking […]

PARURESIS: A LITTLE KNOW FORM OF SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER

What is paruresis? For the vast majority of people, tending to bodily functions such as urinating happens without much thought or concern.  For about 21 million Americans, roughly 7% of the general population, urination causes great worry and inconvenience.  They have developed a condition called paruresis also known as shy bladder syndrome, pee shyness, or […]

SOCIAL ANXIETY AND SMALL TALK

The road to developing a relationship, be it platonic or romantic, is complex. Conversation is often the medium used for determining compatibility, identifying shared interests and expressing attraction. Communication can range from non-verbal (such as body movement or facial expression) to verbal (such as the words used, tone or style). Small talk is one conversation […]

THE BENEFITS OF SOCIAL CONNECTION

Our need for human relationships serves many needs. From an evolutionary perspective, our prehistoric ancestors learned that forming community was vital to protect against predators. A group had a better chance for survival compared to the individual. While we don’t usually encounter the same level of threat today, we benefit both physically and psychologically when […]