Freed from social anxiety

For a number of years through my teens and early twenties, I struggled with shyness and social anxiety. I worried that my peers didn’t like me, and I didn’t want to call attention to myself. The reality was that there were plenty of people expressing kindness toward me and interest in me, but often the anxious thoughts clouded my perspective. Despite making some lovely, lasting friends during those years, my sense of self-worth remained low. 

There seemed to be two versions of myself: the joyful “me” who loved laughing with others and took part in theater and music performances, and the subdued, quiet “me” who hid in the corner at many social events and envied others’ apparent popularity. The constant fear of being judged weighed heavily on me and affected my experiences. With caring encouragement from family, friends, and many others, I was finally able to see that anxious, self-involved thoughts were not really a part of me, and they had to go.

Testimony of Healing
‘No ugliness in my expression’
October 31, 2016

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