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

How a Kindness Mindset Helps You Overcome Social Anxiety

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Need a good reason to socialize more? Try approaching people with a “kindness mindset.” Often people with social anxiety fear interacting with people because they feel they aren’t worthy of attention or respect. They think to themselves, “Why would anyone … 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