Self Improvement

The Key to Understanding Your Social Anxiety

Joel Lee 13-01-2017

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 10 Science YouTube Channels You Can't Miss The word science essentially means knowledge, and it is this quest for learning and understanding that has driven mankind to the height of its power. The Web offers ample opportunity to disperse that knowledge to... Read More 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 4 TED Talks To Revolutionize Your Social Relationships The best TED Talks are the ones that plant seeds in your heart, which later grow into life-altering changes. These videos provide insights into social psychology and give you some food for thought. Read More . 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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  1. Jason
    January 15, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I have to take pills for mine... I can't overcome it

  2. Banan
    January 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    it is very helpful ,I also like the vedio many thanks :)