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

The Fear of Being Forgotten

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Do you have a fear of being forgotten? Our social world is always changing. Different people come and go at different times in our lives. Old relationships end. New relationships begin. This is a simple truth about our lives: the … Continue reading

Shrink the “Fear Center” In Your Brain

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As the creator of this site, I’m always trying to stay updated on the latest scientific research about social anxiety. This is because everyday there are new discoveries in psychology and neuroscience about how to improve our lives and overcome … Continue reading