PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
Oakton Community College
Social anxiety is a fear of speaking in public, fear of interacting with people, and intense nervousness at being the center of attention. It is also a disorder in which a person is afraid that he or she will make mistakes, be embarrassed or humiliated by others. Social anxiety is very common since many people struggle with these fears but the situations that trigger these symptoms can be different. They include meeting new people, performing on stage, public speaking, making small talk and attending parties or other social gatherings. The purpose of this research is to examine the factors that contribute to the experience of social anxiety. The factors that were evaluated in this survey consisted on levels of shame, perfectionism, emotion regulation and ruminative thought. The conductors also were looking to see how I anticipate the upcoming of a social event. The survey asked how I respond to a variety of negative social scenarios and for me to estimate the likelihood of it occurring to me, how bad it made me feel, and how long after it would make me feel bad for. Higher levels of shame, perfectionism and ruminative thought and poorer emotion regulation are associated with higher levels of social anxiety. There were three main hypotheses that they came up with “Higher levels of shame-proneness and perfectionism will lead to the individual feeling worse in response to a negative social event.” “Poorer emotion regulation skills will lead the individual feeling worse in response to a negative social event.” Last “Poorer emotion regulation skills and higher levels of ruminative thought will lead the individual feeling bad for longer in response to a negative social event.”
The reason for the study is that psychiatrists are trying to find other treatment options for the millions...
...Blushing and Physiological Arousability in Social Phobia
This paper will provide a critique of the article titled "Blushing and Physiological Arousability in Social Phobia," (Gerlach et al., 2001) located in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Vol. 110, No. 2). Blushing is defined as: "to become red in the face especially from shame or embarrassment. " It is believed that blushing involves physiological, behavioral, and cognitive factors which react with one another. The actual cause of one blushing is physiological; the amount of blood in one's face increases causing the amplification of a red hue in the blush region. The blush region is defined to be the face, forehead, ears, neck, and sometimes the upper part of the chest. The DSM-IV defines social phobia as marked and persistent fear of social or performance situations in which embarrassment may occur. Since blushing occurs when one is embarrassed, the researchers hoped to find a link between blushing and the reasons of in social phobic persons.
The researches hypothesized that persons with social phobia who complain of blushing would show more blushing as opposed to those who are social phobic without complaints of blushing or the controls. The researches came to this hypothesis because it is believed that if one is aware of their uncontrollable blushing, they have an increased...
Approximately 13.3 percent of the population experiences a form of social phobia at some point in their lives. Social phobia is any fear associated with situations that you are subject to criticism by others. Eating, public speaking, or even walking in a public place can be devastating and bring on such reactions as headaches or stomachaches to more severe symptoms of panic attacks and dysphoria. Although adolescent girls are expected to show more withdrawn behavior than adolescent boys, social phobia shows an even distribution between genders. With an onset of early adolescents in most cases, the condition can carry on through the subject’s adult lifespan if not discovered and treated early on.
Speculated to be most likely genetically transmitted, the cause of social phobia is not yet known for certain. Although considered to have an onset in early teenage years, signs of it have been known to appear in ages as early as eight years old. Social phobia in children and adolescents tends to show similar symptoms to that found in Socially phobic adults. Anything that may be perceived as humiliating or embarrassing, including: fear of speaking, eating or writing in public, going to parties, using public restrooms, and speaking to authority figures, playing games with children or joining in at recess may be feared by a social phobic. Many report...
...Running Head: Depression and Anxiety
Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety amongst College Students
Presented in partial fulfillment for
Florida Gulf Coast University
College of Health Professions
Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety amongst College Students
College represents a form of higher learning. For many, it is also a time for personal growth as we transition into adulthood. This in itself is a stressful situation as one must make drastic adjustments to a new role, environment, and demands. Stress is a major contributor to the development of mental and emotional issues (Rodgers, L., Tennison, L. 2009). Research has been done to determine the impact of depression and anxiety on university students. It has been hypothesized that the effectiveness of a students’ adaptation to stress is critical to their performance in school and social wellbeing.
Within the college campus, the most common psychological issues include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and bipolar disorders; three of which have strong ties to stress (James Michael Nolan, Stephanie J.W. Ford, Victoria E. Kress, Renee I. Anderson, Theresa C. Novak. 2005). For college students, stress can arise from various sources; increased course workload, establishing new social circles, and being away from family for the first time If students are not able to properly deal with...
...Ankit has been experiencing marked levels of fear when entering a variety of social situations. Since he moved to university he has encompassed a new demand to socialise beyond the classroom. For example, Ankits flat mates will often drink in the kitchen and on weekends go to parties, whereas Ankit doesn’t enjoy parties and refrains from using alcohol and drugs. Consequently, Ankit feels embarrassed and when he does encounter these situations. He experiences physical symptoms such as sweating and dry mouth. Due to this Ankit avoids his flat mates as much as possible and only uses the kitchen when they are not there.
During lectures students are encouraged to participate and the lecturer will often call on students to do so. The thought of speaking in front of his peers provokes intense fear and symptoms of anxiety. For instance, Ankit sits at the back of the lecture theatre to avoid being noticed. The thought of being called on and having to speak in front of his peers creates experiences of anxiety such as sweating, heart pounding and muscle tension. Throughout the lecture he is preoccupied by the anxiety and afterwards will evaluate whether people noticed that he was anxious.
During conversations Ankit reports that his mouth becomes dry and his voice shakes. He becomes occupied with thoughts such as; “do I sound stupid?”, “They can see me sweating, they know I am anxious”. After experiencing a...
Mental Health - FAM1134
Professor Karen White-Jones
November 26, 2013
A vast majority of the population might feel nervous or worried in social situations like speaking in front of a crowd or any type of interview. Some symptoms they might have would be a fast heartbeat, break out into a cold sweat or even faint because they are so nervous. In turn, a person may havesocialanxiety disorder (SAD), previously known as social phobia, if the nervousness affects the workplace, schoolwork or personal relationships (SocialAnxiety Disorder, 2009). People affected with SAD have to constantly think about working conditions, social environments, personal health practices and coping skills as well as other things. This disorder can keep a person from doing the things that they really want to do and it can disrupt their daily activities in a very negative way.
Description of Mental Illness
Socialanxiety disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders; however, most people do not seek help for it. Socialanxiety disorder is a mental disorder that can affect all ages. People that have socialanxiety disorder will feel very uncomfortable in social situations and nervous about doing or...
SocialAnxiety is a worldwide disorder that can affect anyone, no matter what ethnicity or gender they are. Socialanxiety is an intense fear of social situations, especially when you are being judged or watched by others. Such as presentations, being the center of attention, public speaking, making phone calls or eating and drinking in front of others. I chose to study this topic because I find it interesting how certain social situations can cause fear in people. Also, I show some symptoms of having socialanxiety and I wish to learn more about this topic. Socialanxiety disorder is also known as social phobia. It is defined as the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. It is the fear and anxiety of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment or ridicule. This leads to feelings of inadequacy, self-consciousness, and depression. The person with socialanxiety disorder may believe that all eyes are on him/her at all times. Social situations that provoke socialanxiety are eating or drinking in front of others, being the center of attention, public speaking, presentations, talking on the telephone and asking...
...crashing and burning.
Human fears are divided into two categories; physical threats, and social threats. Physical threats include things that are used on “Fear Factor” such as snakes, spiders, rodents, heights and enclosed spaces (physical hazards). If images of these fears are held up in front of someone having an MRI test, the part of the brain conducting the most activity will illuminate. When holding up pictures that trigger fear, the area of the brain which becomes the most responsive is the amygdala. The amygdala sounds the alarm and triggers a response when it detects potential danger. The amygdala also reacts when confronted with social threats, like public speaking, fear of rejection, and fear of failure. Standing up in front of an audience to speak sets off the same hard-wired "protect me" biological systems as a snake or a scary noise.
When the anxiety related to public speaking or any social threats start to take over one's life, they may have socialanxiety disorder (SAD). They may worry weeks or months in advance of a speech or presentation, and have extreme physical and emotional symptoms during a performance. Fear of public speaking may be diagnosed as SAD if it interferes with one's life such as changing courses at college to avoid a required oral presentation; changing jobs or careers; or turning down promotions because of public speaking obligations. If intense...
Running Head: LIVING WITH SOCIALANXIETYSocialAnxiety Disorder
Louisiana Delta Community College
December 7, 2005
SocialAnxiety Disorder is the world's third largest mental health problem which affects over seven percent of the world's population. SocialAnxiety is the fear and anxiety one has in a social situation, or the feeling of being judged by other people in public. It can be described as a more advanced form of shyness in which someone cannot overcome. If left untreated, socialanxiety can lead to depression and overall avoidance of daily activities. Socialanxiety can control one's life, and it can affect relationships and work habits on a day to day basis. There is not a specific cause known as to why this disorder occurs, since it occurs in different races, ages, and genders.
There are many theories as to what causes socialanxiety; such as the theory that it is due to the chemical imbalance of serotonin in the brain. Another is that it is instilled in a child at an early age by the type of environment that the child is raised in, or a traumatic situation which...