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The Psych Central Show
 is an award-winning, weekly podcast that approaches psychology and mental health in a casual and accessible fashion. Listen as our hosts speak candidly with experts to break down complex topics in simple and understandable ways.
 

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Mar 8, 2018

Social anxiety is more common than most of us realize. Around 80% of us have experienced it at some point in our lives. In this episode, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen shares her insights into social anxiety, including how it is experienced by different sorts of people, and how we can reduce its impact on us. She explains about safety behaviors and how they can work against us in overcoming anxiety, as well as addresses specific anxious behaviors, such as avoiding eye contact. As she explains, a little social anxiety isn’t anything to worry about. It’s when social anxiety causes us to avoid certain situations or interactions that we should be concerned.

 

SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

[1:37]   What’s the difference between social anxiety and shyness?

[4:15]   Social anxiety with introverts & extraverts.

[5:58]   The two lies of social anxiety.

[9:49]   How do we lessen the impact of social anxiety?

[15:23] Writing the book on social anxiety.

[21:29] Looking social anxiety in the eye.

[26:32] What are safety behaviors?