CIKK: Le lehet győzni a szociális szorongást... vagy nem?

Frissítve: 2020. máj 31.

CAN SOCIAL ANXIETY BE OVERCOME... OR NOT?!


A lot of people believe that social anxiety can't be overcome...


Their reasoning is that "everyone has social anxiety to a certain degree".

I find this equation of "crippling, panic-based anxiety" with "everyday anxiety" to be very upsetting.


My social anxiety was ruining every single aspect of my life.

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Let's get to the bottom of this question.


In reality, the word "anxiety" has 2 completely different meanings.


1. EVERYDAY ANXIETY - This is the kind of anxiety that all human beings have occasionally when they are worried about something or they are worried about an interaction with someone.


2. CRIPPLING, PANIC-BASED ANXIETY - This is the kind of anxiety that cripples people's lives in certain areas, and keeps crippling their lives again and again and again.

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Now let's look at the four different social anxieties that I have had, and why I say that I have overcome them.


1. My crippling social anxiety with everyone where my heart was beating a mile a minute and I couldn't understand what anyone was saying and I couldn't connect with anyone... It went away.


2. My social anxiety towards men where I felt resentful towards them, didn't like them, and thought they were mean... It went away.


3. My social anxiety in motherhood where I was paralysed when I was around other mothers, and I couldn't parent my children in the vicinity of other people... It went away.


4. My social anxiety on the internet where I couldn't write a facebook status or make a video... It went away.

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Of course I have the same basic anxiety that all human beings experience...


But that crippling social anxiety where I couldn't connect with anyone... couldn't look them in the eyes... couldn't make friends... and felt absolutely powerless to do anything about... It went away. <3


"Crippling Anxiety" and "Basic Human Anxiety" are 2 different concepts. It is a complete coincidence that we use the same word for both. (Hungarian has 2 separate words for these concepts.)

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I feel like people have been telling me "Crippling social anxiety can't be overcome because everyone has 10 fingers."


I would like to say that "of course everyone has 10 fingers... AND crippling social anxiety CAN be overcome." :)


To your recovery... <3


Marni Penner

Anxiety & Social Anxiety Coach

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