Is social anxiety an interpretation of emotions?

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Is social anxiety an interpretation of emotions?

18th April 2016
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How we behave in various environments is so unique, so individual.

There are times where we feel calm, relaxed and confident, and we simply ignore and accept those times because our emotions are absolutely fine. And then there are undefined and inexplicable situations where our emotions are all over the place, often for no rhyme or reason.

Do you ever wonder what changes occur in our minds, in our perception of ourselves or our lives that, at times, causes our insides to do somersaults and bring up deep unsettled panic-like feelings, and wild thoughts that our personal world is no longer okay?

Emotional response to stimuli

In some ways this is similar to how our emotions easily switch from happy to sad to scared when we are watching a film; have you ever noticed that when you are very absorbed in a film you have emotional responses that change simply because of what you are seeing on a screen in front of you¦ its not real and yet you can cry or laugh out loud as if it is real, as if you are there!

This shows us that the possibility exists to manage emotions that we experience when we feel social anxiety. If we can swiftly and continuously change state by watching a TV screen, then we have the ability to change our own state when we feel anxious.

Do we need to tell ourselves something different, or immerse ourselves in something uplifting or amusing? Is it possible that it is our perception of our reality in that moment that is feeding us anxious thoughts, which in turn create anxiety based emotions.

How to change an anxious response

Many, if not all of our behaviours and emotions are linked to what we see or what we tell ourselves; this implies that if we can be more aware of how it is happening and when it happens, we have the choice and the ability to change how we respond to situations.

By having greater choice, we are more in control of ourselves, and possibly by having this control and being more aware we might notice that the intensity of our emotions is lessened so that at times we might feel uncomfortable in some situations and yet no longer as intensely anxious as before.

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