Social Anxiety and the Amygdala Hijack

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A lot of our social anxiety is caused by an area in the brain called the amygdala. In many ways, the amygdala can be considered the “home of anxiety.” Neuroscience research shows that the amygdala plays a big role in … Continue reading

An Extreme Fear of Disapproval

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We often have an extreme “fear of disapproval” from others, especially those of us who have social anxiety or social phobia. This can often be driven by our evolutionary history (our ancestors depended on social approval from members of their … Continue reading

In Defense of Your Comfort Zone: Observing Your Sensitivity Threshold

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In self improvement literature, there is a lot of talk about “going outside of your comfort zone.” Your “comfort zone” is typically seen as playing it safe. It’s when you choose comfort, familiarity, and security rather than novelty, risk-taking, and … Continue reading

Radical Implosion: Why You Should Embarrass Yourself On Purpose

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Can embarrassing yourself on purpose be good for your social anxiety? “Radical implosion” is an extreme form of therapy that plays off of this idea. It’s a type of therapy where you put yourself in very intimidating situations so that … Continue reading