Is It Introversion or Social Anxiety?

Introversion and social anxiety often get scrambled together, but for therapists, they generally describe two different parts of a person’s being or functioning. Introversion is considered a trait; you rolled out of the womb with it, preferring solitude over being in large social settings. Introversion is not a given for those who experience social anxiety. Both extroverts and introverts can be socially anxious. Social anxiety is a disorder. Constantly reviewing interactions with others, and negatively critiquing one’s performance, are signs of the disorder. It also kicks up persistent worries about being judged by others, and a preoccupation about what others think. Social anxiety is a mental health concern that, with help, can be managed.

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