Welcome to my TED Talk

When I was at University and it came to choosing my modules for the semester, the very first thing I always did was check out the assessment methods of each course. My preference was coursework, followed by written examination. I tried to avoid assessment by presentation.   Unfortunately, whoever designed the course had the bright … Continue reading Welcome to my TED Talk

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Sometimes laughter is the worst medicine

Back in November I asked my Twitter followers what some of their greatest social-anxiety related fears are. Even though there is no one-size-fits-all presentation of social anxiety, I thought there was a good chance that I would have had (either now or in the past) similar anxieties, and that even if I hadn’t, with the … Continue reading Sometimes laughter is the worst medicine

Can you be socially anxious and confident?

I have often wondered whether social anxiety, or just good old-fashioned insecurity, is to blame for the the weight I allow other people’s words to have on my mood and self-esteem. Asking this question usually throws up another, perhaps more pertinent question: Is it possible to have moderate-to-high self-esteem and social anxiety?   In my … Continue reading Can you be socially anxious and confident?

How to Lose Friends and Isolate Yourself

There’s a widespread misconception that people with social anxiety prefer to be alone, and while this is true some of the time and for some of the people, I recently put forward a question to my Twitter followers that tells a different story.   “How often do you feel lonely?” I asked.   35% responded … Continue reading How to Lose Friends and Isolate Yourself