Introverts vs. Extroverts: Anyone Can Experience Social Anxiety

By Laura Thomas
Laura is a writer, performer, mindfulness instructor, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, and some days, a fairy princess. After the tragic loss of her older brother in 2011, Laura decided the one guideline she’d use to orient the rest of her life was this: Life is short. Only do things that make the world a more compassionate place.

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Introverts are known for having social anxiety. Very often Introverts are told that they can be “fixed” and become more outgoing and popular. Very annoying. As Laura has mentioned here, anyone can suffer from anxiety. All labels aside – honor the feelings of another person. Do not belittle them because they do not respond to social stimuli in a way you think they should. And if someone appears to feel uncomfortable, show a little Empathy; it would be helpful.


I have a lot of social anxiety. I make plans then have a really hard time following through with them as it gets closer. I have to be in the right frame of mind in order to follow through. I hate it and I get very stressed out. I usually just stay at home. Since my divorce, I dont feel comfortable anywhere, not even home really. I do like the idea of setting little goals and having a friend that I can confide in. I think that is the hard part though, I dont really have any friends. I suppose that is the swinging pendulum. Dont leave the house, no friends. Its a repeating cycle.



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