Social anxiety is the experience of intense fear or avoidance of social situations. Social anxiety can affect both children and adults.
Common anxiety provoking situations include:
- Public speaking
- Being called upon in class
- Meeting new people
- Doing routine things such as eating in front of others
- Any performance situation; from the field to the stage or boardroom
As a result, social anxiety can get in the way of daily life. People with social anxiety often feel afraid or self-conscious. Many times they will avoid social situations.