Social Phobia

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What is Social Phobia or Fear of Being Judged?

Although social phobia may be a “new” name, it is a problem that has been around for many hundreds of years.

Social Phobia is the Fear (or worry) of being judged by other people and for many people it can have a very debilitating effect on their lives.

People suffering from social phobia will be very familiar with the phrase “you worry too much about what people think” and in essence, this is true.

Social Phobia may be experienced in many different ways, and to help you identify if this IS your problem, I have listed below some typical symptoms associated with this anxiety:-

▪ Often feeling like your being “put on the spot”
▪ Go cold at the idea of standing up and talking to a large group of people
▪ Have a very limited social life with very few friends
▪ Being “shy” in common social settings
▪ Dislike being at parties
▪ Worry about Exam results
▪ Always sticking to the rules
▪ Difficulty talking on the telephone
▪ Stuttering and Stammering
▪ Find it difficult to look people in the eye
▪ Unable to use public toilets (Known as “shy bladder”)
▪ Feeling like a “fraud” and that people may be able to “see through you”
▪ Always asking for feedback about “how well you are doing”

Social Phobia should not be underestimated as it can cause people to withdraw from life and, if not addressed, “migrate” into a Depressive Disorders. Social Phobia can influence almost every aspect of your life and is almost certainly the most common form of anxiety experienced by people.

One recent revelation about Social Phobia is that most of the people who “feel judged” can be quite judgemental themselves.

In other words, one of the reasons that social phobia sufferers believe that everybody is essentially “coming to some negative conclusion” about them as a person, is because this is exactly what they are doing to other people!

If you find yourself judging other people (even if you keep it to yourself) is it any wonder that you might believe this is a trait shared by everybody else too?

What causes Social Phobia?

Most people who suffer from social phobia are likely to have had the problem from an early age.

It is unusual to develop this type of problem later in life, although it may not become “expressed” as a problem until after some significant event triggers these buried feelings.

Social Phobia is almost always “created” when some experience in our developmental years leaves us feeling emotionally overwhelmed and unable to deal with the feelings we felt at the time of the incident.

We might, perhaps, have had an experience where we felt like we “made a fool of ourselves” and have perceived that all the people who witnessed this incident were somehow “laughing at me”.

Something may have happened that made us feel terribly embarrassed causing us to “blush”, only then to find that any situation that in some way reminds us of this experience, causes this “blush response” to occur again.

Perhaps there were very high expectations to succeed in your family environment, in which case you may have felt that “failing” in some way would lead to “ridicule” or perhaps even some form of punishment, in which case you would learn to “dread” failure and constantly worry about it.

Almost any experience of this nature can create social phobia in life.

Therapy for Social Phobia in Helston, Cornwall

The choice of therapy to help your Social Phobia is going to depend on just how much the problem is affecting your day-to-day life, and also how long you have been suffering from the problem.

Jo Rogers is able to offer two main techniques for helping you to resolve your Social Phobia:

Psychotherapy for Social Phobia

If your problem is more significant and is having a seriously disruptive effect on your personal or professional life, then you may wish to consider a technique such as psychotherapy. This type of therapy can help you to rewire and delete the unwanted emotions, behaviors and symptoms of Social Phobia from the unconscious. This remarkable therapy is a type of neuro-plasticity and makes positive changes through an experiential and unique process. You will feel as if on a journey, at a pace that feels right to you, discovering the unconscious causes of the way in which you feel today. Slowly and gently you will gain an understanding of yourself in a way that you did not have before, making sense of those unwanted symptoms. We call this the discovery phase and adhering to specific guidelines in this particular form of psychotherapy, we are then able to change those thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are having such a negative impact on your life, restoring you to peace and tranquility. This is an holistic therapy.

Clinical Hypnosis for Social Phobia

If your particular problem is “relatively” minor and only affects you now and again, then you may have found that you have been able to tolerate the feelings that you have experienced.

In these circumstances I would normally recommend a few sessions of Clinical Hypnosis (Suggestion Therapy) as this particular technique has an excellent track record in these cases.

Contact JTR Hypnotherapy in Helston, Cornwall

If you’d like to arrange for an initial consultation at my clinic, or if you have any queries that you’d like me to answer, then you can e-mail me on jorogers@JTRhypnotherapy.co.uk, or if you’d prefer, you can fill out my online-enquiry form.

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