Most of us become uncomfortable in a few social circumstances. Sometimes our palms sweat, hands tremble and voices squeak while walking into a room full of strangers or when we are asked to address a highly critical audience. Most of us get through it.
However, some people suffer from social anxiety disorder and have trouble dealing with a number of social situations . A person with social anxiety might avoid all social contact because things that other people consider “normal” and “easy” like maintaining a conversation, looking at someone in the eye, talking to someone belonging to the opposite gender can make him or her so uncomfortable that they would rather avoid it. Many aspects of life, remain unfulfilled as people with social anxiety tend to accept it and move on. They prefer to stay away from situations that would make them uncomfortable, leading to severe restrictions in one’s lifestyle.
The quantitative difference between normative “shyness” and social anxiety is obvious when one looks at the impairments they cause.
Either way, help is available and there are a number of measures available that can help one get rid of social anxiety and lead an awesome life.
The test below is based upon the SIAS (Social interaction anxiety scale ). The SIAS measures social interaction anxiety, which refers to distress when meeting and talking with other people, whether they be friends, members of the opposite sex, or strangers. Answer the questions honestly, and you may be surprised by what you find !
Do you have social anxiety ? Take the quiz to find out !
The quiz consists of 20 questions and may take around 5 minutes to complete.