Many socially anxious people develop an anxiety of anxiety, since being anxious represents a threat to them. They fear that others may notice their excessive arousal, so they direct their attention inwards in order to monitor how anxious they are. This increases their anxiety and drastically impacts their way of relating to others, impeding "normal" social behavior, such as actively engaging in conversation.

Two young men having a conversation in a restaurant facing each other. The man whose face can be seen seems worried. He seems to experience anxiety of his own anxiety.

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Conquer Social Anxiety