If you’re living with social or performance anxiety, this website was created for you. If you fear public speaking, avoid social interaction, fight to hide your anxiety symptoms around other people—or just feel like you’re different or don’t fit in—you’ll feel at home here!
Here you will find articles on every aspect of social anxiety to help you learn about it, manage it, get help for it, and become your own best teacher and self-help expert.
If you want to get started and jump right in, these are the posts I recommend:
Who Am I?
My name is Arlin. I have a master’s degree in clinical psychology and I’ve been writing about social anxiety for a really long time.
Way back in 2007, I saw an online ad for writers for a site called About.com. I thought, “why not?,” and sent in my application for the position of “Guide” for the topic “social anxiety disorder.”
Long story short, I got the job!
But, over time, things changed a lot at the old About.com (now Verywell.com), and there was no longer one place for people to go to get advice about social anxiety. I felt like all the knowledge I’d gained writing about it for so long was being lost in the shuffle.
So, that is what I’ve recreated here at About Social Anxiety.
I’ve also experienced social/performance anxiety myself and overcome a public speaking phobia. So—I understand how social/performance anxiety feels from a first-hand perspective, which I think puts me in a better position to help others do the same.
If you’d like to learn more about my background and education you can find that on LinkedIn.
How I Hope to Help You
Why write about social anxiety?
I feel like social anxiety is still the elephant in the room that nobody talks about. My hope is that this site will help you by showing you that you’re not alone.
I also hope to save you time and energy by bringing together a set of coping strategies all in one spot.
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