The Importance of Empathy in Decreasing Social Anxiety
Individuals who suffer from social anxiety don't attend social events or reach out to others for fear of being rejected, or ridiculed. A person can become a total shut in, never leave their home, quit their job, even have to get on disability. Most individuals who are socially anxious avoid social interactions, and therefore don't allow themselves opportunities to learn how to interact with others successfully. The more they isolate, the less socially capable they become as their social skills begin to atrophy. This leads to even more isolation, fear of rejection, low self worth and loneliness.