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 fear. Some, for example attribute it to biological or genetic vulnerabilities. Professor Martin Antony, for example, makes the case that genetics may play a part in social anxiety. Further studies now highlight some of the actual genes that contribute to social anxiety. Professor Gillian Butler and Dr Edmund Bourne outline some sources such as biological factors, temperament, environmental factors (parenting, traumatic experiences, life stage problems, and other stresses). Ray Crozier and Lynn Alden and their colleagues explore the biological factors in some detail in their book, Social Anxiety for Clinicians,but also discuss the importance of attachment as a factor in social fear. Overall, it may arise from a combination of genetic, biological and environmental, suggesting that a combination of counselling and drug therapy may be the best route to take. The drugs will deal with the genetic and the counselling with the effects of an insecure attachment. The appropriate drugs can only be created when we know the exact neural chemicals that are deficient.
Extract from my recent book – Understanding and Healing the Hurts of Childhood.
THERAPISTS IN TIPPERARY
PSYCHOTHERAPISTS IN TIPPERARY
DEATH OF A CHILD
ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
I am the author of six books
When a Child Dies. Footsteps of a Grieving Family
Abuse. Domestic Violence, Workplace and School Bullying
Understanding and Healing the Hurts of Childhood.
I’ll Meet You at the Roundy O
Priest, Politics and Society in Post Famine Ireland 1850-1891
Prince of Swindlers. John Sadleir MP 1813-1856
I am currently writing a major work on DID (Multiple Personality Disorder)