I wrote last week about Social Anxiety and how you can help the people in your life who struggle with it. Less than a week later, I came across this article about how this anxiety plays out inside our brains.
We now know that social anxiety disorder affects more than just relationships, work, and other daily activities — it also affects the brain.
Researchers have found that critical areas in the brains of socially anxious people function differently. These areas mainly involve processing emotion, danger, and social cues.
It’s an interesting read and might help you understand what is happening. When I say “that’s how my brain works” when describing how I conclude that people don’t like me, it is the way my brain works and interprets things. I’m not just being dramatic.
Neither are your friends and loved ones.