With the summer months approaching and social events taking place, many will struggle with social anxiety to some degree. Social anxiety may present itself on a spectrum. There are various marks, depending on the individual. In general, social anxiety refers to as one’s experience of anxiety in social situations. To a certain degree, anxiety serves us well. One example of this is when we are make big decisions or are in important situations. In those cases, anxiety helps alert our mind to the risks, which consequently brings us to think more thoroughly through our choices and/or behaviors. But for those who struggle with some form of social anxiety, every day events such as starting a conversation or attending an event can be very stressful. There are helpful techniques one can practice and incorporate when starting and continuing a successful, pleasant conversation with another individual.
Pointers for starting a conversation
Pointers for continuing a conversation:
These are all good tools and techniques to use when one struggles with social anxiety. However, it’s important to keep in mind that during such times one may need further assistance to accomplish or overcome this struggle. Therapeutic interventions have been proven to assist individuals with social anxiety. In a therapeutic relationship, a therapist and client can work together to role-play and overcome fears that may come up for them.
Shira Keller-Ohana, MHC-LP is a psychotherapist in New York City where she provides individual, couple, and family counseling. You can contact Shira at firstname.lastname@example.org read more of her blog posts at www.mwr.nyc/blog
Sara Schapiro-Halberstam, LMHC,CASAC