What fears are involved in social phobia

14 Dec
ram singh

With social phobia, a person's fears and concerns are focused on their social performance — whether it's a major class presentation or small talk at the lockers.

  People with social phobia tend to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable about being noticed or judged by others. They're more sensitive to fears that they'll be embarrassed, look foolish, make a mistake, or be criticized or laughed at. No one wants to experience these things. But most people don't really spend much time worrying about it. Here people are more concerns about others observation of themselves.

Responses 2

  • Deepika Bhandari
    Deepika Bhandari   Sep 04, 2016 08:58 PM

    Social phobias commonly understood as shyness is a debilitating condition. People constantly scrutinise and criticise themselves on they way they performed in any interpersonal interaction. In its most severe form, social phobia is expressed with an inability to express at all in a social environment. People with the disorder have an irrational fear that they are being observed all the time and people are judging them for the way they behave. They judge themselves as well. It's very common for someone with the disorder to spend a lot of time after any social interaction to spend time beating themselves over what they could have done better. Fear of observation and constant judgement is central to the condition.

  • Dr. KV Anand
    Dr. KV Anand   Dec 25, 2015 11:59 AM

    Social phobia is in a way obsessive Compulsive disorder. In another way it is also an impulsive disorder. 

    The most important factor is that the patients fear the symptoms and embarasment. Once they start fearing the anxiety symptoms, it is tanatamount to obsession. Due to the obsession, the symptoms manifest itself as in the case of psychosomatic disorder.

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