What Is Social Anxiety?
Your Body's Physical Reaction To Your
Brain's 'Survival Mechanism'
Triggering During Social Situations
So, what is social anxiety
exactly? Here's social anxiety explained in my social anxiety
Social anxiety IS: Your body's physical
reaction, to your brain's survival mechanism being triggered
during a social situation.
The primal part of your brain is wired to
trigger anxiety during any circumstance in which it detects some kind
of threat. This is a subconscious (i.e. automatic), evolutionary
reaction that is supposed to enhance
your chances of survival.
This evolutionary reaction sends your body
into peak physical condition to prepare it for activities such as
running. Once your body is in this particular state, you are then more
likely to survive any threat that occurs.
primal part of YOUR brain detects threat
during social situations, and that is why you experience what we call
Your brain thinks you could be in danger in
social situations, and thus it triggers anxiety to help you survive
That's right, something makes the
subconscious, primal part of your mind perceive a physical threat
situations. This perceiving of threat tells your body to trigger what
'anxiety symptoms'. The purpose of these symptoms is, as I said, to
enhance your physical ablity to survive.
Is there any evidence that what I've just
said to you is true?
Yes, plenty, and it all comes from YOUR
life. Read the following bullet points and notice that they make it
clear that anxiety IS a bodily reaction to perceived threat.
During anxiety, your body experiences the
following symptoms (which as I said, are actually survival-driven
physical performance enhancers):
Faster than normal heart rate
A quicker heart rate supplies your muscles
with plenty of oxygen. This puts you in peak condition for intense
physical activity (i.e. running or fighting).
The sudden urge to 'visit the
Your body seeks to empty out all waste, thus
making itself as light as possible. Obviously if you're lighter, you
can move quicker.
Your mouth becomes dry
Your body's water content is taken to your
vital organs and muscles. Those are the places that you would need
water, should you have to exert lots of energy (i.e. run or fight).
Your skin becomes more pale
Your blood supply is directed heavily to
your vital organs and muscles during anxiety. This means that much less
blood finds its way to your skin - thus making you appear paler.
You get 'butterflies' (a queasy feeling in
Blood that is usually used to extract
nutrients from food in the intestines is diverted to vital organs and
muscles. As a result, digestion slows right down, thus creating the
'butterflies' feeling in your stomach.
Your limbs shake
Your muscles become tense in preparation
for a physical threat. That tension causes shaking. If you forcefully
tense your hand and arm right now, you'll see that your hand starts to
shake. It's the same thing during anxiety.
The other anxiety symptoms (above) cause
your body temperature to rise. Sweat simply prevents you from
overheating, by taking body heat away when it evaporates.
Are you familiar with those symptoms?
Does social anxiety give you any of those
symptoms? And can you see that the purpose of them happening could ONLY
be to maximize your ability to survive?
historically, life was a lot more
physically threatening than it is today in the civilized world. This
is an indication that the purpose of anxiety is to get you ready for
Can you think of any reason (other than for
self-protection) why, over thousands of years, the human body would
evolve to respond that way?
The explanation that makes sense is that
anxiety is 'wired' into all of us to prepare us to defend ourselves.
There is no other possible use or explanation for anxiety that makes
even close to this much sense.
Social anxiety itself is your body's
to perceived threat in social situations
Ultimately, what is social anxiety? Social
anxiety IS your body's physical reaction to the threat that the primal
your brain perceives within social situations.
This bodily reaction
consists of the symptoms of social anxiety. Those
symptoms are what 'social anxiety' IS. The symptoms are supposed to
you survive, but of course in the case of social anxiety, you don't
Social anxiety is no different than any
other anxiety. Asking, “what is social anxiety?” provokes the same
answer to asking “what is anxiety?” Social anxiety is the same anxiety
as any other anxiety. The word “social” is used merely to describe the
type of circumstance in which the anxiety triggers.
Why does your brain perceive
situations as threatening enough to
trigger anxiety in them?
In order to
solve your social anxiety, we
need to know why your brain perceives social situations as threatening
to the point that anxiety triggers within those situations...
explain this very clearly to you in my key article on the Cause of Social Anxiety Disorder.
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