Although shyness, introversion, and social anxiety, share common properties, they are completely distinct. According to our Montreal psychologists Shyness is merely a personality trait wherein the awkwardness of a new interaction is stemming from a lack of knowledge about the person is mismanaged. Introversion is the need for a certain level of solitude, although some interaction is still desired for short periods of time. On the other hand, social anxiety is a fear of social interactions from being judged or humiliated.
By helping you weigh the risk of social interactions with the benefits of interacting socially, we can help you understand why you have a fear or being judged, why you feel it likely to be humiliated, and what you can do about it. Tragically, social anxiety is often a self-fulfilling prophecy; by focusing on yourself and how you may be humiliated, you risk neglecting the person in front of you which may come across as socially awkward or disrespectful.
It is important not to let social anxiety ruin your social life. In fact, our therapists can help you radiate what wonderful personality you are hiding behind your anxiety. Prevent social isolation and increase your popularity by calling 1-855-382-2482.