This post is about whether you should show or hide the fact that you have social anxiety.
I’m not going to say you should show or hide it.
There’s a right time and place and it really depends on where you’re at. It’s about where you are in your progress in overcoming your social anxiety and fears.
So I’m going to tell you a story about where I shared I had social anxiety with someone that had social anxiety too and what happened.
I was out a few weeks ago at a bar and part of what I am working on is going out by myself and checking how my social reactions go and generally it goes very well.
You may not experience it exactly. The point of the story is what happened when I shared it.
I was out at my favorite bar and there was a guy a few stools away and he started talking to me and we started talking to each other.
Then I told him I have social anxiety and he responded maybe he has it too.
So I asked him a few questions because it interests me.
“Do you think the people out are judging you and the world is kind of against you?”
Then he said “Yes, definitely.”
And then we both laughed of knowing that we both have it.
His friend introduced me to his friend. So I spoke up to his friends and asked them if they feel the world is against them and the people are to get them and one guy answered “No, not at all.”
That’s a great example, one guy with social anxiety and the other doesn’t have social anxiety but they are friends.
So clearly having social anxiety doesn’t matter for people who have problems making friends.
In my case, I’ve always had lots of friends but I’ve had problems meeting new people. I connect with people eventually but I get really shy when out at bars or some public places.
I think eventually you should share. Share it with friends.
I’ve been sharing it with friends and family.
It’s part of opening up and knowing that you’re not perfect and you’re okay as you are, you’re not bad and there’s nothing wrong with you.
So that’s my story of sharing to other people that I have social anxiety. I hope it helps you.
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