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 […]

SOCIAL ANXIETY DOES NOT EQUAL INTROVERSION

Many people mistake social anxiety with introversion. Introversion is a perfectly normal personality trait. More precisely, there is a continuum from extroversion to introversion that describes one dimension of personality. Those who are relatively extroverted have an innate disposition to interact with many different people, often in groups. Those who are relatively introverted are more […]

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 […]

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