Social anxiety? Don’t sing happy birthday to me!

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I do improv and stand up comedy. I have no problem getting onstage and revealing intimate details about myself and/or acting like an idiot for the entertainment of others. Yet, when it comes to my birthday, I hate being the center of attention and having people sing to me. Why could that be?

That is so interesting!

Have you had any negative experiences while being in the spotlight with a smaller group of people? A negative past experience could include shame, feeling like you have pressure to be someone other than who you are, feeling like you don't fit in, etc.

I assume you get lots of positive social karma doing stand-up. That's awesome!

Dr. Cheryl Mathews Anxiety Coach