Social Phobia

Social phobia or anxiety is the fear of humiliation or embarrassment in social situations that causes you to avoid those situations. Adult sufferers realise that this fear is excessive. A very common example is public speaking phobia, though social phobia also includes fears about using public toilets, eating or writing in public, being watched while working or taking any sort of test or exam.

This is the anxiety or panic experienced in social situations where people think they may embarrass themselves or may make a fool of themselves in some way. It tends to affect their whole personality over time and they are often sensitive to criticism and rejection, have low self-esteem and have difficulty asserting themselves.


More immediate symptoms are brought on by social interaction and include:

  1. Palpitations
  2. Tremors
  3. Sweating
  4. Diahrrea
  5. Confusion
  6. Blushing


The treatment is similar to panic disorder but will also probably need to help combat depression and low self esteem as well as more extensive exposure to avoided situations and places.

  • Relaxation

    Relaxation in any situation including techniques to instantly remove stress as well as long term stress reduction.

  • Exercise

    General physical health and self esteem can often contribute to social phobia.

  • Hypnotherapy

    Cognitive behaviour techniques.

  • Self Awareness

    Self assessment skills training.

  • Social Skills Training

    Simple techniques to improve interaction with other people.

  • Exposure or Flooding Techniques

    Recreating the symptoms to familiarize yourself with them. A with any phobia, you begin with imaginary situations before progressing to real life ones.

  • Confidence Building

    This includes using physical techniques like the Alexander method to improve physical presence.