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Book Review: How to Be Yourself

How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety by psychologist Ellen Hendriksen offers cognitive behavioural therapy-based strategies to help readers overcome social anxiety. The author herself has experienced social anxiety, and I always like when authors are willing to be vulnerable and add that personal touch. The book is aimed …

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What Is… FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is fear of missing out (FOMO). Fear of missing out, more commonly known as FOMO, is a form of social anxiety (although not a social anxiety disorder). It involves a pervasive apprehension that others might be engaging in …

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Loneliness, Social Anxiety, and Introversion–Extroversion

I started writing this when thinking about the COVID pandemic being better suited to introverts than extroverts, although the social isolation isn’t necessarily easy for introverts either. I thought I’d treat to tease apart the constructs of loneliness, social anxiety, and introversion/extroversion. To start off, what’s a psychological construct? It’s a representation of an intangible …

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What Is… Selective Mutism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is selective mutism. Selective mutism (SM) is a rare disorder that begins in childhood and is characterized by an inability to speak in select social contexts (hence the “selective” part of the name). It used to be called …

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Cognitive biases that can feed into social anxiety, e.g. confirmation bias, self-verification, negativity bias

Cognitive Biases that Can Feed into Social Anxiety

This post is a follow-up to a conversation that Winter Dragonflies and I were having about different mental errors that can feed into social anxiety. We all have a natural set of cognitive biases that can result in mental errors, so I wanted to take a look at what some of those might be. Cognitive …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: The Anxiety Book for Trans People

Book Review: The Anxiety Book for Trans People

The Anxiety Book for Trans People by Freiya Benson aims to support trans and other non-cis identities in dealing with anxiety. Benson has previously published Trans Love, an anthology of trans and non-binary voices. The book focuses on experiences of anxiety, and in particular anxiety related to having non-cis identities, rather specifically on anxiety disorders. …

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What Is… Avoidant Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is avoidant personality disorder. Avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) falls within the DSM-5‘s cluster C of anxious/fearful personality disorders. It’s characterized by intense feelings of inadequacy and fear of social rejection, and avoidance is relied upon as a coping …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Red Face by Russell Norris

Book Review: Red Face

Red Face by Russell Norris is a memoir of living with social anxiety disorder—with a twist. The red face of the title comes from a condition the author has called idiopathic craniofacial erythema, which produces intense and often unprovoked facial blushing. He also developed erythrophobia, where blushing itself becomes a source of fear. It sounds …

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How College Bested Me and My Anxiety (Guest Post)

In this emerging blogger post, Matthew of Matt’s Mishaps, writes about his experiences with social anxiety during college. Prior to attending postsecondary school, I was completely clueless as to what being a college student was, or what going to a university for four years entailed for my future. Living away from home, taking harder classes, …

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Why Depression Makes it Hard to Be Around People

Mental illness can make it hard to be around people for a few different reasons. One of the common ones is social phobia, but it’s not the only reason. Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, can be a crippling condition that makes it extremely difficult to be around people. It affects around 13% …

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