Are you deathly afraid of social situations? Or at the very least they probably make you uncomfortable, right? Nobody likes making a fool of themselves, and this fear of being awkward is part of what drives us to feel socially anxious.
Vsauce, one of the best science-related YouTube channels out there, has a video on this exact topic. In it, Michael Stevens explores the basis of social awkwardness and how it may not be what you expect it to be.
Watch the informative 13-minute video below:
As it turns out, the key to social anxiety may be the workings of a hormone called oxytocin, which tends to exacerbate our awareness of various social cues and faux pas. In fact, because of this we tend to remember more of the “bad” experiences in our lives than the “good” ones.
The takeaway is that social anxiety is all in your head. How we perceive our own social awkwardness differs from how others perceive us, and there’s often a huge gap between the two. Even if you have an awkward moment, you’ll remember more than others will.
You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Still feeling unsure? Check out these TED Talks about social relationships. They’ll provide more tips and tidbits that you can use to revolutionize your social life.
Do you suffer from social anxiety? What kinds of tips, tricks, and advice have you used to overcome it? Got any to share with us? Leave them in a comment below!
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