Depending on the situation, a little bit of anxiety is normal when you’re around people you don’t know – or even around people you do know! Interacting with your co-worker at the office is a far stretch from seeing them at their house party on the weekend, and it’s normal to feel a bit nervous. But what if every situation, either new or familiar, brings that same sensation of dread, and the desire to leave?
According to The Social Anxiety Institute, social anxiety is the fear of interaction with other people that brings on feelings of self-consciousness, and feelings of being negatively judged and evaluated. As a result, you may find yourself avoiding as many social situations as possible.
Social anxiety is often the result of a limiting belief about ourselves, such as “I’m not interesting,” or “I don’t deserve to be liked.” While these beliefs are irrational, they are also attached to emotions, thus making it difficult to rid ourselves of them. Shift Psychological has developed a therapy model that incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy and bi-lateral stimulation to help you identify what those limiting beliefs are, get rid of them, and send you on your way to becoming an improved, anxiety-free version of yourself.