Spotlight effect is a cognitive behavioral psychology theory defines about the feelings of a person in social situations.
In other words, we tend to think there is a spotlight on us at all times, highlighting all of our mistakes or flaws, for all the world to see. For people with social anxiety, the spotlight effect might be much worse, to the point that it has an effect on your ability to work or feel comfortable with other people.
If you wake up late and went to work with some baggy clothes or nothing similar to your coworkers, you might feel everyone is starting at you and laughing bad about you secretly. You may blush or try to hide from your coworkers, convinced that they are pitying or mocking you.
The reality of the spotlight effect is everyone have their own spotlight and they are busy with their work. No one had time to look at you and laugh to you. If you were confident enough, you can face this situation very simply.
One way to work on overcoming the spotlight effect is to test your belief that other people are noticing and evaluating you. To do this, it's helpful to understand a concept identified through research termed the "illusion of transparency," which asserts that people tend to think that their internal state is visible to others when it truly is not
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