WHAT IS THE INFLUENCE OF SELF-AWARENESS IN MENTAL HEALTH?
While self-awareness is a very desirable ability, extreme self-awareness
can be very uncomfortable, and can lead
to over-concern with how others see us, and fear that our behaviour is at
variance with that which is expected or approved by others. A certain level of social anxiety is quite
normal in some situations, and most people have experienced social anxiety at
some time. It can be particularly painful, though, for those with low
The feeling that others are evaluating us, or that they will, can lead
to intense social anxiety and doubt regarding our acceptability and our
abilities. In its chronic state,
preoccupation with self- awareness can lead the individual to become socially withdrawn. Consequently, they may have fewer chances to
engage in social skills and become increasingly shy.
A number of contributory factors to social anxiety have been identified:
conspicuous the person is
number of people present
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