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Social anxiety has different components

Gillian Butler correctly sums up the components of social fear as thinking and behaviour, with physical and emotional symptoms. Thinking symptoms include consciousness of other people’s opinion of you, lack of concentration, focusing on yourself and worrying about what might go wrong. Behavioural symptoms might be avoiding social occasions, mumbling,

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Negative beliefs drive social anxiety

The negative self-view, mentioned in the previous blog, is also reflected in a number of assumptions that fearful people have about themselves and about social behaviour. In his article, A Cognitive Perspective on Social Phobia, David Clark sees three divisions in such assumptions – unreasonably high standards for social performance,

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Particular types of parenting can sow the seeds of social anxiety

Seeing a pattern of pathological issues in the ancestry and wider family is not at all about blaming them or blaming parents, most of whom do the best they can. Nevertheless, we must be realistic, and it can be safely argued that particular types of parenting can unintentionally sow the

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DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN THE GENETIC AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL CAN BE DIFFICULT WHEN TRACING YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL PATHOLOGIES. We should be aware that people often mistakenly use genetic or hereditary terms without realizing that these more often than not are about our environment i.e. our parenting, school environment, social environment. For example, you

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DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN GENETIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL PATHOLOGIES CAN BE DIFFICULT. We should be aware that people often mistakenly use genetic or hereditary terms without realizing that these more often than not are about our environment i.e. our parenting, school environment, social environment. For example, you frequently hear

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social anxiety can have some genetic factors

Psychologists have categorised social fear as an abnormal personality trait, an avoidant personality disorder or a phobia. Psychological distinctions are not crucial to this book, but we need to know why so many people harbour this particular fear. It is strange that researchers still argue about the origins of social

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We are social beings and social fear damages this evolutionary tendency Social fear is essentially detrimental because the human has evolved as a social creature. Some early civilizations were organized on a tribal basis, designed for survival. Social fear, therefore, can be seen as an evolutionary reaction in the face

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Beauty magazines can increase our body image problems

The body image dimension of social fear is strongly affected by culture. Because of the fear, you are vulnerable to how some modern magazines portray the ideal in terms of physical beauty. Such magazines are a powerful trigger to make you conscious of physical defects. The so-called beauty industry is

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The psychological feeling of defectiveness can translate into body image problems

In the previous blog I mentioned body image problems. Randy and Lori Sansone in their article, Body Image, have come up with an enlightened explanation of body image issues. They suspect that negativity tends to be concretized on a body level in shamed children. In other words psychological negativity is

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Body image problems can be part of social fear (bred by attachment issues)

While social fear is a silent and invisible saboteur, albeit with obvious anxiety symptoms, the negative thinking that drives it is very often translated into obsession with body image. You are conscious about how you look, blame yourself for these so-called imperfections, and become distracted, while others are oblivious to

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