Four Realizations to Help You Purge Social Anxiety as an Introvert
1. Introversion and social anxiety are not the same thing.
Introversion and social anxiety are not one and the same even though the behavioral traits shared between the two can often fall into the sphere of misconception. In essence, introversion is a preference for minimally stimulating environments as psychologist Carl Jung described back in the 1920s whereas social anxiety is a mental health condition related to the fear of being judged by others and can affect various parts of your life.
This realization is important in the manner that it helps with not throwing the blame (conveniently) on your introversion and truly sitting down to find ways to improve yourself.
2. The world doesn't revolve around you and it doesn't care what you do.
Being self-conscious is good but never to an extreme, everyone has their own life, problems and struggles and not everyone wakes up with the intent of paying attention to you and watching your every move. Keep doing whatever it was that you were going to do and pay little mind to all that unless you’re a high-profile person with paparazzi annoying you on every turn.
3. It's meaningless to care about being judged as people make mistakes all the time.
Think about it and you’ll find that people not only are prone to mistakes on a regular basis but some of them are so deep into them they’re living with them for all their lives. If it turns out good, well, congratulations, if you fail, you learned something as making mistakes is inherently a part of being human.
4. Learning to laugh at yourself is liberating.
Stop taking life so seriously and more importantly realize it’s not worth getting mentally tired every day spending energy to defend some kind of perceived self-image. You’re generating pressure, fear and all sorts of negative emotions while life is ironically better when you realize that you’re hilarious in every aspect.
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