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A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

Introversion and social anxiety are separate

Introversion is how you’re wired, whereas social anxiety is something that is holding you back due to fear instead of due to choice.  Non-anxious introverts are perfectly happy to leave the party early, but people with social anxiety often leave because they feel so worried and want relief.

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A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/21/17147750/social-anxiety-psychology-how-to-be-yourself-ellen-hendriksen-interview

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Introversion and social anxiety are separate

Introversion is how you’re wired, whereas social anxiety is something that is holding you back due to fear instead of due to choice.  Non-anxious introverts are perfectly happy to leave the party early, but people with social anxiety often leave because they feel so worried and want relief.

We have to put action before feeling the confidence to overcome social anxiety

Go forth and do so. We often think we have to “feel” like doing something before doing it. But we have to put action before feeling confidence because when we see ourselves doing challenging things, we start to believe we can. - Ellen Hendriksen

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