Social Anxiety



Having the high levels of confidence you would like to have in social situations is something many people want and we all know certain extroverts which always seem to be the centre of attention. Most people fit in-between introversion and extroversion and are happy to spend time alone doing ‘their’ own thing and at other times want to be around people.

Most people don’t want to become party animals or the centre of everything going-on but they do want to be able to join-in, converse and move around talking to new people and strangers alike. It’s at those times when you want to be out at a party, social function or maybe something to do with work that some wish that they felt more comfortable, energetic and self-confident.

Confidence for social situations is connected to social anxiety and sometimes referred to social anxiety disorder which is a fear of social situations. It can be very deep ingrained and can be all you can remember being like or it can sometimes seem to come-on or get worse from no apparent reason – however whatever the case for you it can be helped.

I would always suggest the first place to start would be at the beginning, so looking for any root cause and hypnotherapy is excellent at finding the root cause. From here onwards it would be about working on the here and now and present life real life situations, and there are many techniques within NLP, hypnosis and through coaching which will enable you to overcome your previous fear.

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Symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Blushing
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Stammering
  • Trembling
  • Dry Mouth
  • Palpitations
  • Depression

Types of Social Phobias

Generalised Social Phobia – Is a chronic, persistent or intense fear of being judged by others or alternatively being embarrassed or humiliated by their own actions.

Specific Social Phobia – Is when the intense anxiety or fear of doing something embarrassing only happens in very specific situations.  

People suffering from a social phobia will feel self-conscious and worry about what people think of them, of the way they look, of the things they are saying, of how they are saying (or not saying them). This can get to the extent that when a social gathering or situation comes up they can begin worrying straight away from hearing the news or getting the invite and from then onwards build this worry and anxiety up and create a situation where they will avoid the event.

Sufferers may also point blank refuse any social engagements, parties or gatherings. In extreme cases the person will become socially isolated and this can lead to depressive and anxious illness and conditions.

As with any area of confidence and any phobia issue I would suggest starting by addressing whether there is a root cause and beginning, this is primarily because if not addressed it will always be in your unconscious mind. Using hypnotherapy I can help you to be able to look at things differently, feel better about social situations, be more comfortable, relaxed and confident around people. And from here onwards there are many techniques and strategies I can teach from NLP, hypnosis and ideas from positive psychology.

Social Anxiety as described by the NHS – HERE

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Some areas which we may focus time on, both through conversation and through hypnosis are

Past Failures – We can sometimes do this both consciously and unconsciously, by either thinking about something or someone and imagining things going wrong in the past, which we then imagine going wrong again in the future. This can be addressed with hypnotherapy so that you can either forget about how you used to imagine the past or by being able to see it differently – this is very possible. From then onwards by viewing and understanding the situation in a different way – you can overcome past issues. Your focus of direction will change towards a more positive one.

Stop Worrying About Others – Hypnosis is excellent for this and I can teach you to focus on the task at hand which will allow you to succeed rather than concentrating on what others are thinking (the truth is they are more than likely worrying about what others are thinking of them!).

Ignore External Distractions – Hypnotherapy and confidence coaching teaches you to believe in yourself so that you feel that you can cope with any situation no matter what is going on around you.

Removing Negative Self Talk – Learn how to remove any negative thoughts, affirmations and beliefs from your mind and replace them with positive ones.

Reduce Internal Feelings – Feelings of illness, nausea, shaking, butterflies in your stomach or excessive sweating are all linked to an anxiety response. I can teach you NLP, breathing and hypnosis techniques show you these feelings can be controlled through relaxation and distraction techniques. The body, feelings, thoughts, the mind, brain and breathing are all linked an there are many ways of helping this

Confidence and Self Belief – Your imagination is powerful and whether you feel yours is vivid, good or bad; you do have one so why not use it well? There are so many ways of using visualization techniques and your imagination so that you can imagine yourself doing a task and performing it well. Future progression or seeing yourself already doing the task allows us to place you in a number of possible scenarios and imagine what success feels like. Top Athletes use visualisation and it’s a proven method of succeeding.

Emotional Control – Hypnotherapy has many techniques which can help you to stop becoming annoyed, upset or angry when you do something badly. We can teach you how to move on from those feelings as quickly as possible, within NLP, hypnosis and positive psychology there many, many techniques I can teach.

Motivation, Energy and Stamina – Together we work on building energy levels, hypnosis and NLP both have excellent techniques which will help us to identify what is sapping your energy and undermining your progress. Motivational work can help you to rebuild your enthusiasm so that your performance is enhanced thus building a positive platform to gain even more from.