'Lifestyle' Social Phobia Symptoms:
The Ways In Which Social Phobia
Affects Your Lifestyle
This page's social phobia
symptoms show the resulting lifestyle
that social anxiety
If you click on a symptom, you'll be
taken to my explanation (within this article) of WHY that particular
symptom occurs in a social anxiety sufferers' life.
Empty weekends and evenings
People who suffer intense social phobia
symptoms tend to turn down
social opportunities. They make the obvious choice...if you don't know
better, and something makes you feel really uncomfortable, why would
you do it?
course, refusal to accept social
people will leave your schedule clear at
the times that people get together.
Whilst many people are hanging out at the
weekend, those who suffer social phobia are usually at home.
know. All through my teens I went to school on weekdays,
home the rest of the time. This unfortunately helped the emotional symptoms of social phobia to set
Overuse of the internet, games and TV
Due to an oversupply of time available to
spend at home, and due to a lack
of things to actually do there, computers and TV's get used very
regularly by SA sufferers.
Essentially, home entertainment becomes a
dominant part of a person's lifestyle when their primary focus lies in
avoiding anxiety-provoking social situations.
When you turn down invitations to socialize
on a regular basis,
they'll be wondering why you're so socially reluctant. Eventually it'll
light that you're not interested in hanging around with them; which
ironically couldn't be further from the truth.
You want to hang out with
friends, but you
feel that you can't
because of the anxiety...
Friends don't know that truth, and so they
you've lost enthusiasm for the friendship.
In time, they lose enthusiasm too.
It can be hard to take.
You CAN, however, re-establish old
friendships. People definitely do
'forgive and forget'.
Too much time spent alone
This is indeed an obvious one, so there's
no need for me to say too
much about it. If you're avoiding anxiety-triggering situations, and
people that tend to trigger anxiety in you, then you've probably been
quite a bit of time alone, unfortunately. Isolation can of course lead
A 'below your potential' job
Sufferers of social anxiety tend to stick
to 'safe' actions, and
they do this even in the world of work. I used to do this. I had a job
only ever saw people who didn't really trigger my anxiety. I later
realized that this was a form of avoidance.
Many sufferers of
intense social phobia
symptoms will take up
jobs that require minimal interaction with people. If that
means poor pay
and boring work, then so be it, since their number one priority is to
steer clear of experiencing social anxiety.
No dating or relationships
Many social anxiety sufferers find that
their anxiety is worse
around people they're attracted to. Because of the stressful nature of
the anxiety, it seems easier to just avoid attractive people altogether
- and that's what many do.
The truth is that it's MORE
lonely and not having
anyone, than it is feeling the anxiety. Of course, I'm
talking long-term when I say that. In
the short term it seems less painful to just avoid - that's why SA
sufferers don't date often/ever.
Dating is especially a problem for men who
suffer from bad social phobia symptoms. This is because men are
to take the initiative and set up dates. In contrast, women with social
can at least expect that guys will organize dates, thus making it far
them to find love.
How To Reduce The Extent To Which
The Above 'Lifestyle' Social Phobia Symptoms
Affect Your Life
There is an important mindset that
I used to
reduce the impact that Social Phobia had on my lifestyle. The mindset
is simple and it won't take me long to explain it to you in my article The Attitude For Coping With Social Anxiety.
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