Shyness and Social Anxiety
Shyness and social anxiety can both be treated by using the same methods however shyness and social anxiety differ from one another.
Both shyness and social anxiety can affect a person’s life on many different levels. Both can have the same physical and psychological symptoms. They both are similar in many ways. By the end of this post, I will clarify the difference between the shyness and social anxiety.
Every person walking on this planet is somewhat shy. A person may be shy because of a new experience or when it comes to meeting new people, but the level of shyness may vary from person to person. Think of shyness the same way that you would weight. Some people are more shy, some people are less shy, but a majority of people fall somewhere in the middle. Those people who are shyer than most may not be as open to new experiences or meeting new people as someone who is less shy.
Shyness is actually an emotion that can influence the way you act around others. Someone who is struggling with shyness may not feel comfortable around people that they are not familiar with. They may be standoffish, bashful, and come across as insecure.
Where shyness is an emotion, social anxiety is like fear, but when you are afraid of something, you know exactly what it is that you are afraid of. Social anxiety is anxiety that is caused by what might happen. For example if I knew for certain that there was a mugger in a dark alley with a gun, I would be afraid that he would pull out a gun and rob me. I know for a fact what it is that I am afraid of. Anxiety on the other hand is being afraid of that dark alley and not knowing whether there was a mugger there or not. It is anxiety about what may or may not happen.
Shyness and social anxiety are similar, but different.
Both shyness and social anxiety share the same symptoms such as blushing, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, tension in muscles, the fear of being judged, and the worry to be put in uncomfortable situations just to name a few. Though there are differences between the two they both can be treated by using the same methods. I hope I was able to shed light on the difference between shyness and social anxiety.