Many people have had a life long struggle with socializing and making friends. You may find it hard to know what to say at social events and find that it is easier to avoid them or stand on the sidelines as a silent observer. You watch people laughing, telling jokes, and coming up with the perfect punch line to draw in people’s attention. When you try to contribute to the conversation, you comments may be ignored or perhaps not even heard. You may even find it difficult to socialize in more intimate settings because you don’t know what to say or just freeze up, creating painful awkward silences. Dating can be especially challenging and you wonder if you will ever be able to find that special someone.
This is more common that you may realize and you are not alone. Some people are born with weaknesses in the area of social communication which creates anxiety is social situations. The anxiety further shuts down an already weak system. Social skills training is very effective at targeting those weaknesses. In combination with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the anxiety component, you will find socializing with others to be easier and more natural. Your relationships will improve and it will open the door to more opportunities to meet people. Treatment initially begins with just you and your therapist who will teach you practical social skills and tools to reduce social anxiety. Therapy is usually short-term and you will experience success rather quickly.