What is your New Year’s resolution? This is one of the fun points of turning the calendar — reflecting on the past year and considering our goals for the next 365 (or 366) days. I have heard many well-intentioned resolutions for healthy personal improvements: make new friends, eat less dessert foods, quit smoking, conquer a … More New Year’s Resolutions: Making Them Last!
If you’ve read part 1 and part 2, I hope they have been helpful in learning more about social anxiety and the complexity of its nature. This will be the last post in this mini social anxiety series, which will focus on overcoming social anxiety and meeting people. Social anxiety shares psychological avoidance properties with other phobias. Basically, the … More Overcoming Social Anxiety: How to Meet People (Social Anxiety part 3 of 3)
In part 1, we discussed what social anxiety looks like and the various ways it can appear in people’s lives. But where does it come from? There are many views on how social anxiety develops. Some people believe that if they had parents who were quieter or didn’t socialize much that they just inherited this type … More How did I get here?? (Social Anxiety part 2)
“My close friend, my only real friend, invited me out for dinner last week. I was so excited because I hadn’t been out in over three months and just craved social interaction. We were going to go for some pizza and then play some pool. But a day after inviting me — three days before … More Why am I scared to meet new people??