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    Sounds quite human to me.

    EDIT: What Absinth said.
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    yeah, I've always been pretty damn shy. i force myself into situations where i have to talk and I can't be shy. Like I've recently moved house, so I don't know anyone, but I got a job and have met loads of people, and in the job I have to talk to loads of complete strangers. Also the move to uni in September will involve meeting new people and being more confident and the career i want afterwards isn't really for shy people
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    According to that list I do
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    I sometimes worry that I might start to hate myself.
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    (Original post by Heather_1)
    Do you have this, or know anybody who does?





    http://www.socialanxietyinstitute.org/define.html



    I think I do, as I fit most of the symptoms. But I don't know if to talk to someone about it. Or am I just trying to 'label' myself when I'm just shy?
    yes! i definitely think i have it... i can't even walk across a crowded room without feeling embarrassed!
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    Oh for christ sake - this applies to pretty much everyone.

    This is just fear-mongering. I'm surprised you didn't have an advert for a £9.99 pill that can cure it.

    Most people get a bit self-conscious in social situations and feel like they're being judged. Especially on nights out. If it gets to the point were it causes problems - panic attacks, trembling etc. THAT'S WHEN IT'S AN ANXIETY DISORDER!
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    crap, i fit most of these to a certain extent.
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    (Original post by Heather_1)
    Any advice on how you've got used to phones? Sometimes I can do it, other times I have to really psyche myself up, and literally force myself to phone. Deep breathing, and it feels like the scariest thing.

    Is it a book to read or audiobook? I might have a look for that.
    It's a set of 3 workbooks to read and work through - to fill in answers etc.

    I honestly haven't found a cure for my phone-phobia. I literally avoid them and have to force myself to pick it up even if it's one of my mates. If it doesn't have caller ID, then I don't answer it.
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    (Original post by 300mg)
    Oh for christ sake - this applies to pretty much everyone.

    This is just fear-mongering. I'm surprised you didn't have an advert for a £9.99 pill that can cure it.

    Most people get a bit self-conscious in social situations and feel like they're being judged. Especially on nights out. If it gets to the point were it causes problems - panic attacks, trembling etc. THAT'S WHEN IT'S AN ANXIETY DISORDER!
    I'm not trying to scare/fear monger.

    It's not just a little self consciousness. It's when it stops you from doing things. Yes, some apply to everyone but I suppose it depends on how much. I mean do you have trouble picking up the phone? Feel scared like you were going to jump off a cliff? That's how it feels.
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    It's a set of 3 workbooks to read and work through - to fill in answers etc.

    I honestly haven't found a cure for my phone-phobia. I literally avoid them and have to force myself to pick it up even if it's one of my mates. If it doesn't have caller ID, then I don't answer it.
    I suppose the usual answer is to keep trying, and try and use more. I never answer withheld numbers, and when answering/dialing my hand is always shaking, and my chest thumps. I leave calls to go to voicemail, and if it ends up being someone I know I always send a text.
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    (Original post by Heather_1)
    I suppose the usual answer is to keep trying, and try and use more. I never answer withheld numbers, and when answering/dialing my hand is always shaking, and my chest thumps. I leave calls to go to voicemail, and if it ends up being someone I know I always send a text.
    I've found writing a script is helpful if you have to make an enquiry of some sort. Like I'll phone to ask a question or phone student finance or something, and I'll write out what I want to say before I say it. It helps to calm my nerves and gets me more prepared for answering questions if I need to.

    Haha, I bet I sound like a right whackjob right now.
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    (Original post by Heather_1)
    I'm not trying to scare/fear monger.

    It's not just a little self consciousness. It's when it stops you from doing things. Yes, some apply to everyone but I suppose it depends on how much. I mean do you have trouble picking up the phone? Feel scared like you were going to jump off a cliff? That's how it feels.
    Maybe in your case it is a disorder but those "symptoms" are so common that you could lump most people with the disorder.

    When I go out shopping I sometimes feel a little self-conscious. I sometimes wonder if I'm sitting up straight at restaurants in case anyone is looking at me. The list of symptoms doesn't go far enough to rule out normal human behaviour.
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    I've found writing a script is helpful if you have to make an enquiry of some sort. Like I'll phone to ask a question or phone student finance or something, and I'll write out what I want to say before I say it. It helps to calm my nerves and gets me more prepared for answering questions if I need to.

    Haha, I bet I sound like a right whackjob right now.
    Not at all, I've done this in the past too - it helps you remember things you might forget to ask as well as calming nerves
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    (Original post by Poppy_Ki)
    yes! i definitely think i have it... i can't even walk across a crowded room without feeling embarrassed!
    Practise your swagger.

    I have many of these symptoms - however they all seem to stem from excessive self-conscious and low self-esteem.

    However, I love public speaking; the slightly-RP South-East England accent is so smexy.
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    (Original post by Ilora-Danon)
    I've found writing a script is helpful if you have to make an enquiry of some sort. Like I'll phone to ask a question or phone student finance or something, and I'll write out what I want to say before I say it. It helps to calm my nerves and gets me more prepared for answering questions if I need to.

    Haha, I bet I sound like a right whackjob right now.

    That's actually a good idea. Taking your mind off the call and concentrating on what you say.

    You don't sound a whackjob, it's nice to hear someone else have the same problem. Most of my friends think it's silly the fact I'm scared of a phone.
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    (Original post by K the Failure)
    Practise your swagger.

    I have many of these symptoms - however they all seem to stem from excessive self-conscious and low self-esteem.

    However, I love public speaking; the slightly-RP South-East England accent is so smexy.
    lol.. i thin i have the lowest self-esteem in the world and the thought of public speaking makes my head spin..
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    (Original post by Poppy_Ki)
    lol.. i thin i have the lowest self-esteem in the world and the thought of public speaking makes my head spin..

    Public speaking just makes me turn into goo. I just stand there going red, staring at the floor, just wanting all the eyes to look away, and me to just hide on the floor.
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    (Original post by Heather_1)
    Public speaking just makes me turn into goo. I just stand there going red, staring at the floor, just wanting all the eyes to look away, and me to just hide on the floor.
    Awww I'm the same :hugs:
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    Think I do, i avoid social situations if I can. Not as bad as I used to be, sorta grown out (hopefully) of my panic attacks :]
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    (Original post by thatrollingstone)
    How did you overcome it?
    It just went away. I started to take life less seriously and realised it doesn't really matter what other people think of you. There are always going to be people odder than you.
 
 
 
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