What's the Challenge?
Talking about our self-doubt and our anxieties in social situations is still taboo. We tend to think we should be able to do certain things, like talk to strangers and speak up, just because other people seem to manage with ease. It can feel like we’re the only person struggling.
In reality, this is a huge, unspoken issue:
over 1 in 10 people feel socially anxious (around 6.6 million adults in the UK!)
and 2 in 5 people consider themselves to be shy
So many of us feel awkward in social situations and think bad of ourselves for it; believing we're defective in some way or not good enough.
At the heart of it, for all of us, is that deeply painful feeling of believing we're flawed; 'less than' others and therefore not worthy of belonging; protecting ourselves by avoiding situations in which our flaws might be seen by other people the best we can. Missing so many of the good things in life and affecting our education, career, relationships, health and wellbeing.
We want to change this.
"I'm so glad I found you. It's so nice to know that others are going through similar things. What I like most is being able to talk to others who have similar issues, learning how to overcome those using different techniques to control anxiety. It's been a great way of making new friends with similar stories."
How are we changing this?
By speaking the unspoken, reframing quiet and creating safe, supportive spaces where people can connect, stretch and grow.