Social anxiety (also known as social phobia) is characterized by excessive shyness and/or a fear of being judged by others.
Mark was a particularly shy boy growing up. He managed to get through university, although participating in class was difficult. He’s now in his first job, and he tends to keep himself to himself and avoids the lunchroom. Turning down extra work from his boss is virtually impossible for Mark, and he has recently begun to resent his job. Outside of work his social life is limited and he feels quite lonely. His fear of negative judgement and rejection contributes to his social isolation. He would like to have more meaningful connections with people, although the idea initiating conversations is terrifying.
Are You Suffering from Social Anxiety?