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Quite by chance a moment ago, while reading Richard Wilkinson's The Impact of Inequality (book that I must have recommended to a number of people during the meet), I came across this, p.95 :

...social anxiety, sometimes called social evaluation anxiety. Work on social anxiety links our proneness to feeling shy, and our fear of social evaluation and embarrassment to a wider range of psychological concepts such as fear of negative evaluation, social-evaluative disorder, behavioral inhibition, fear of failure, approval motivation, self-conscious affect, interpersonal competence, self-presentational predicament, sense of inferiority, and inferiority complex, to name but... [wait for it...] a few.

I'm tired of having fingers pointed at me. Is this a case of social anxiety, Doc?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 24th, 2006 at 07:06:30 AM EST
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Someone asking my opinion?

Well anyway, here it is....don't we ALL have shyness once in awhile??? (Well, I know a few people who are damn good at covering it up, if they do have it...). I'd say shyness/social anxiety is a normal experience that everyone feels from time to time. It is only the poor souls who are extra sensitive who feel it more intensely, are overwhelmed by it and thus at times are more intensely restricted by it, that have a worse case of it. The rest of us "only" have to deal with it once in awhile...

that's probably too serious an answer though <drat>

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Wed May 24th, 2006 at 08:47:27 AM EST
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"(Well, I know a few people who are damn good at covering it up..."

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed May 24th, 2006 at 09:26:46 AM EST
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Thanks, Sven. Someone notices these casual slurs, at least ;)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 24th, 2006 at 11:07:50 AM EST
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A few of them, any road ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed May 24th, 2006 at 11:47:16 AM EST
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Actually, I just thought that long list of complexes and disorders was amusingly explicative of what Barbara might have meant by "socially anxious" (she might just have meant "nerdy"). Especially with my nick at the end.

But yes, social anxiety is part of the human condition, and we all experience it more or less.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed May 24th, 2006 at 11:31:16 AM EST
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