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Social anxiety

By Kylie Wong

How to define social anxeity

A form of phobia that is characteried by overwhelming self-consciousness during common social situations

Effects from social anxiety

An individual may feel different symptoms from social anxiety including:

  • intense fear of meeting strangers
  • worry about embarassing themselves
  • overanalyzing their actions and words

Origins of this term

  • The term "social anxiety" was coined by Pierre Janet in 1903 to describe people who feared being observed, while speaking, playing the piano, or writing.
  • Social anxiety nowadays is a term used to descibe the excessive fear, nervousness, and apprehension that people experience in social interactions as described by Gillian Butler back in 1999.