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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:02

Introvert Survey for English Class

These are my answers to the survey I posted yesterday. I'm trying to use this project I have in English to help me with my anxiety. Please help me by filling out a survey.

Thankyou :)


Introvert Survey

1. Are you shy?


2. Do you have social anxiety?


3. Are you mute?


4. How long have you been mute, shy, or had social anxiety?

I've had social anxiety all my life.

5. Do you think your shyness, mutism, or social anxiety is a problem?

yes, it prevents me from doing things I want to do.

6. If you think it is a problem, are you doing anything to fix it, such as seeing a therapist?

yes, I have been seeing a therapist for 1 year now and I am also taking anti-anxiety pills (prozac)

7. Do you know why you are mute, shy, or have social anxiety? If so, please list the reasons you think make you shy, mute, or have social anxiety.

I do not know why I have social anxiety. I have been like this all my life and this is all I know.

Published in Diary
Monday, 13 August 2012 17:41

Does being shy = being sick?

"A beautiful woman lowers her eyes demurely beneath a hat. In an earlier era, her gaze might have signaled a mysterious allure. But this is a 2003 advertisement for Zoloft, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (S.S.R.I.) approved by the F.D.A. to treat social anxiety disorder. “Is she just shy? Or is it Social Anxiety Disorder?” reads the caption, suggesting that the young woman is not alluring at all. She is sick.

But is she?

It is possible that the lovely young woman has a life-wrecking form of social anxiety. There are people too afraid of disapproval to venture out for a job interview, a date or even a meal in public. Despite the risk of serious side effects — nausea, loss of sex drive, seizures — drugs like Zoloft can be a godsend for this group.

But the ad’s insinuation aside, it’s also possible the young woman is “just shy,” or introverted — traits our society disfavors. One way we manifest this bias is by encouraging perfectly healthy shy people to see themselves as ill.

This does us all a grave disservice, because shyness and introversion — or more precisely, the careful, sensitive temperament from which both often spring — are not just normal. They are valuable. And they may be essential to the survival of our species."


I just now came across this article, which echoes many of the thoughts I've been having lately about social anxiety. Sometimes, I really think this is a problem in my life and want to get help. Other times, I think I should just own it as a part of who I am. 

Is it possible to do both? I don't know.

It's an interesting question, with implications for many of us: Am I really "sick" or does society just favor extroverts?

Read the article in it's entirety:

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