No one wants to be disliked or have others mad at them. Nor do people enjoy embarrassing or humiliating themselves. However, both of these are normal experiences within relationships. If a person worries or fears having either of these experiences to the point that they have anxiety about social situations, and they then avoid social situations, they could have an anxiety disorder known as Social Phobia. Social Phobia is characterized by fears of doing or saying something that could embarrass/humiliate one and/or a fear of being judged, negatively evaluated or scrutinized. The anxiety can be so intense that social situations are avoided or endured with great discomfort. Common relationship practices such as saying “no” or being assertive is avoided and over time can lead to frustration and resentment. Avoidance of social situations and assertiveness can erode one’s self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
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