Humans are social animals, but feeling uncomfortable in social situations is a reality for many Americans. In fact, people can feel so uncomfortable that they have to leave an event, or they choose not to go in the first place.
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As the Mayo Clinic points out, there are some situations where it’s normal to feel anxious – like during a job interview, or going on a first date. But with social anxiety, you can feel overwhelming symptoms in everyday interactions. Let’s take a closer look at the science behind social anxiety (also called social phobia)…
1. Triggering Situations
For those with social anxiety, a simple trip to the barber or the grocery store can be a scary proposition. WebMD says anxiety can rear its ugly head in smaller interactions (one-on-one), or interactions involving larger groups of people.
For example, situations that may cause difficulty include talking to strangers, speaking in public, using public bathrooms, eating in front of others, going to school/work, or going to parties (which are supposed to be fun), explains the source.