But real relationships are based upon sharing who you are with your date.
Self-disclosure is the gateway to intimacy–it lets you get closer to someone as you both reveal more and more.
The DSM-5 defines social anxiety as the “persistent fear of one or more situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny by others and fears that he or she may do something or act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing.” Those who are shy, if not socially anxious, tend to experience social situations in a more reserved, tense and uncomfortable manner, especially when meeting new people.
It may take longer to open up and share, which can affect one’s ability to form close relationships.
Another study in 2009, focusing on acceptance and mindfulness-based group therapy, also showed similar gains for people with social anxiety.
In my work, and in my life in general, I so frequently saw amazing people who were deserving of love and companionship, but who were paralyzed by fear, struggling with loneliness and hopelessness rooted in anxiety.
Four separate meta-analyses have shown Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to be effective in treating SAD.
Yet the last thing a shy or anxious person may feel comfortable doing is letting their guard down, which is why practicing sharing is a vital element.
Practicing self-disclosure might include letting your date know about a story or person that is special to you, sharing how you felt about a recent event, or letting your date know that you think they look great.
origincode=2018_sciam_Article Promo_Newsletter Sign Up"name="article Body" itemprop="article Body"Anxiety disorders are the most common psychological disorder in the US, affecting 18 percent of the adult population.
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is the third-most-common psychological disorder, affecting 15 million men and women in the US.