Almost everyone gets a little anxious or embarrassed in front of other people now and then, though some of us are more shy than others. Sometimes, though, the anxiety can be so intense that it stops us from doing the things we enjoy, or starts interfering in our daily lives. Social anxiety is used to describe feelings of anxiety and fear that occur in response to social situations. Even the most confident of people can get a little anxious before a presentation, or when they’re meeting new people, but in social anxiety this distress can be so overwhelming that it feels as though it‘s difficult to cope. Often, that overwhelming anxiety is experienced when just thinking about the situation or remembering a previous event.
People with social anxiety often find it difficult to communicate their own needs. If this is the case for you, our resources on assertiveness
may be helpful.