Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Social Phobia: The Fear of Being Evaluated Negatively in Social Situations

One of the most common phobias is Social phobia and it is the 3rd largest mental health problem in the world. Social phobia, also known as social anxiety, is the irrational fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations. Approximately 7% of the population suffers from this phobia.

Those who suffer from Social phobia do not like to be out in public because they always feel like people are watching them. They know that they are not really being watched, but they can’t make that feeling stop. They also don’t like to do anything that involves talking to someone else whether it be in person or on the phone because they are afraid they are going to make a fool out of themselves. Making phone calls, going to the grocery store, going to a party or even going to church can be horrible experiences for these people.

Social phobia is a very troubling phobia because those who suffer from it have a serious inability to relax. They cannot enjoy life, because all they know is extreme anxiety. If you suffer from Social phobia please share your story.


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