Help for Social Anxiety at the Rickmansworth
Thrive Programme and Hypnotherapy Clinic
Social anxiety hypnotherapy and Thrive Programme treatment in Rickmansworth clinic serving the areas of Amersham, Chesham Harefield and Berkhamsted
What is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is a fear of any situation where the sufferer is likely to feel ‘on the spot’, embarassed, humiliated or judged – for example; dinner parties, public speaking, interviews or going on dates.
It is a fear of uncomfortable, embarrassing or humiliating situations in the presence of other people and the fear of being judged that arises from that. This is also known as social anxiety, social anxiety disorder, or even just shyness. It is probably the most common phobia there is – and certainly one of the most common symptoms my clients consult me for. You might feel relieved to hear that almost everybody has it to some extent in certain situations.
The Link with Self Esteem
Social anxiety is the result of a set of negative beliefs that you have about yourself in social situations. You worry that you will act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing and will be harshly judged by others. If you are expecting or worrying about feeling shy/tongue-tied/boring etc in front of others, it’s easy to build up anxieties about these situations or people, so your fears become a self-fulfilling prophesy. We create what we fear.
Social Anxiety is simply a reflection of your own self esteem and self beliefs – if you felt ‘good enough’ in work or social situations, you wouldn’t worry about how others perceive you. Instead, you feel out of your depth in certain situations, with the belief that you haven’t got the ability to handle them they way you would like to (despite perhaps lots of previous evidence to the contrary!)