Fear of shaking in public is a problem for many people. While we intuitively tend to link this phenomenon to shyness or insecurity, the reality is a bit more complex. Let’s see why some people tremble when speaking in public and how to fix it.
Differences between introversion, shyness and social phobia
First of all, it should be noted that social phobia is not the same as shyness or introversion.
Introversion has to do with a person’s temperament. When a person is introverted, he prefers to be in quiet places, with few people, he needs more solitude than extroverts and he consumes energy to be in places with too much stimulation or people, so even if they like and need contact, it tires them more and they need to dose it. Outraged, when they participate in social events, they tend to be more attentive and silent.
On another side, shyness is the feeling of insecurity or shame that people feel in certain situations, especially social or new. It can be difficult for the person to expose themselves to these situations and initiate conversations or meet people. Additionally, it usually leads to a certain degree of anxiety, which differentiates it from introversion.
A person can be introverted and not shy, preferring to be with small groups, but not because they are anxious to be around people, but because they prefer it.
As for social phobia, it is the intense fear of possible evaluation by other people. There is the fear of being negatively evaluated or of being highlighted for some reason; generally, so that they can notice the physiological symptoms of this anxiety. It sounds a lot like shyness, but is generally much more disabling, more extreme, and tends to manifest in more putative ways.
Anxiety Tremors: Why Do They Occur?
Once this distinction is made, we will focus on one aspect in particular, tremors and fear that these will be felt. We usually know the fear of speaking in public and we know people who are afraid of sweating, of turning red … but something that we also usually do in situations where we feel anxious, whether out of shyness , social phobia or simple nerves, is shaking. And this is, for some people, a real problem, especially when these tremors occur in a person suffering from social phobia.
these tremors they usually appear more on the limbsDue to situations that we consider threatening, the brain orders the sending of blood and energy to the arms and legs, so that they prepare for the typical “fight and / or flight” reactions. Well, there are people who in certain situations where they feel evaluated, like a test in a job in which they need to use their hands (in a supermarket, a laboratory, hairdressers …), have to go to the psychologist because they believe that this tremor is overwhelming them and that they will not be able to do it, and the same can happen with the legs.
At first, shaking in the face of these situations may be “normal”; as we mentioned, it is a physiological reaction inherent in anxiety, And anxiety is adaptive to some extent.
The problem can arise when we are too aware of whether we are going to tremble or not. In these cases, we have anticipatory anxiety i.e. we were previously worried about it, we avoid situations in which we may tremble and we feel bad about this tremor, which may also last longer or be more intense in people of whom they are more aware. of this tremor and therefore feel greater anxiety.
Treatment: how to solve this problem?
Fear of shaking in public can become a serious problem both personally and professionally.
First, it is essential to know the mechanism of the autonomic nervous system and anxiety. Understand that such tremors, like other physiological changes in our body, are quite normal, and that these phenomena do not last too long. If we do not avoid or abandon these situations, we can verify them.
But, when it poses a problem that causes suffering or limits the personIt is recommended to go to therapy, so that the psychologist can provide you with all the necessary tools to eliminate this excessive worry.
At the clinic “Mariva Psychologists” we are specialists in the treatment of social phobia and anxiety in all its manifestations. You can contact the team by clicking here.