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Social anxiety can have a significant impact on relationships, both romantic and platonic. Individuals with social anxiety may avoid social situations or experiences that involve meeting new people, making it difficult to form new relationships. Existing relationships may also suffer, as social anxiety can lead to avoidance behaviors or a tendency to withdraw from social interactions. In romantic relationships, social anxiety may lead to difficulty with intimacy or communication, as well as feelings of inadequacy or self-doubt. Friends and family members may also be impacted, as individuals with social anxiety may struggle to maintain social connections or may become dependent on a small social network. Seeking support from a therapist or a support group can provide tools and guidance for managing social anxiety and improving relationships. With patience, effort, and the right support, it’s possible to overcome social anxiety and build meaningful and fulfilling relationships.
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