It took me nine years to allow myself to live again. Making the decision to quit drinking was not easy, but necessary in order to live a happy and healthy life. My driving force for becoming sober was becoming able to reflect on how alcohol had been doing more harm than good. My mental and physical health suffered, as well as relationships with those I hold dear. Today I am able to use my past as fuel to continue living my best life.
The struggles to reach the American Dream are poverty, education, and language barriers. Poverty can cause struggles to reaching the American Dream due to the loss of money. Education that is not completed can also get in the way of the American Dream. Thirdly, if you are not able to the American language, it's difficult to even try to achieve the American Dream.
Some people may talk to or seeing someone everyday and they might not even know that the people have social anxiety. Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S.A, its affects 40 million adults in the united states of the age of 18 and older or 18% of the population. Social Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics and etc.
Throughout the human life, many events will occur that cause individuals to experience the feelings associated with anxiety. Examples of these events that can cause individuals to experience anxiety are public speaking engagements, eating in restaurants, and using public restrooms (Sands & Gellis, 2012). The diagnosis of anxiety is sustained when the emotion is experienced with significant frequency and intensity, when the psychosocial functioning of the individual is impeded, and when the reaction is not conducive with the stimulus (Sands & Gellis, 2012). In addition, a significant amount of individuals who are diagnosed with anxiety disorders face the challenges of maintaining employment, or becoming active participants within their communities because of tremendous distress. This paper discusses two key content areas within the readings of Sands and Gellis (2012), and Thuile, Even, and Rouillon (2008) including reactions to the aforementioned readings.
According to Susan Scott, “the first frontier for exponential growth…lies in the area of human connectivity” (Scott, 2002, p. 8). Being connected with others allows people to grow, see the important things in life, and be human. Specifically, Scott reminds everyone that “life is about making connections, more importantly, a deep connection with people; otherwise, we do not know what it means to be human” (Scott, 2002, p. 8). Humans are social beings and in order to be social people must be able to connect with one another. If not, these relationships will be meaningless and a waste of time. People need to connect in order to have a worthwhile life and having others in one’s life provides it meaning, as well as, purpose. Additionally, individuals voiced in Fierce Conversations, define connectivity as
In the essay, “Isolated by the Internet”, author Clifford Stoll explains that recent research, conducted by psychologists Robert Kraut and Vicki Lundmark, suggests that frequent use of the Internet has had a generally negative effect on the psychological well being of its users. Using examples from Kraut and Lundmark’s previously mentioned research, Stoll asks, “Will the proliferation of shallow, distant social ties make up for the loss of close local links?” The question Stoll raises here is entirely valid, and just as concerning; as the more time one spends online, the more time one subsequently spends alone, away from people he or she could be potentially interacting with. I believe Stoll’s concerns are completely justified as today, (falsely comforted by shallow, superficial relationships,
Social anxiety in children is associated with poor previous interactions with their peers. Many times there are children who will remain solitary despite availability of their peers as playmates (Gazelle &Ladd, 2003). This takes place in schools, neighborhoods, or childcare programs. Solitary behavior being the word for this phenomenon may be explained by external sources, which in this case would be peer exclusion or being left out of peer activities. In this sense solitary children exist because they do not actively choose to engage with peers or their peers do not actively engage with them communicatively. This solitude often drives feelings of anxiety in children so they are referred to as ‘anxious solitary.’ Anxious solitude is not a clinical disorder like social anxiety but children who are anxious solitary have higher rates of social anxiety disorder (Gazelle, 2010). Both of these are related to the interaction of individuals with their peers. Using the ecological model this relationship is classified as part of the microsystem due that fact peers are part of the immediate
Social isolation is a huge public health issue for the aging population. Social isolation is the cause for nearly half of mortality in United States. According to the United States Census Bureau the population of adults 65 and older is going to increase by about twice the amount by year 2040 (Nicholson & Shellman, 2013).
Throughout people’s lives, interactions and relationships with friends shape who they are as well as who they think they are. As an adolescent, a child is always searching for different ways to become an individual, but this is not always what happens. The more a child tries to be different, the more they become like their friends. Everyone can think of at least one time they were influenced by something their friends said more than anything their parents could have said. Friends can also have an emotional impact on an individual. Actions only leave an imprint on someone for short period of time but the things others say will have the greatest impact. Having good supportive friends around who would build up self confidence is an ideal situation
A wise man named Martin Amis in Other People once said, “Life is made of fear. Some people eat fear soup three times a day. Some people eat fear soup all the meals there are. I eat it sometimes. When they bring me fear soup to eat, I try not
he movie titled “The Pursuit of Happyness”, there was a problematic family living in San Francisco in 1981. The main character, Chris Gardner worked as a salesman invested his entire life savings in portable bone density scanner to support his family including his wife Linda and a five years old son Christopher. However, Chris’ business was not doing well and his wife was forced to work. Day after day, Linda was suffering and she always quarrelled with Chris and blamed him for didn’t play the role as a responsible father and a good husband. Luckily, this was not the end for Chris. One day, he met his turning point, Jay Twistle, a manager from Dean Witter. He offered Chris with a stockbroker at the end of a six-month unpaid training period.
A small amount of anxiety can be a good thing. A lot of anxiety is when it becomes a problem. “The dividing line is when the fear becomes so great that it causes a lot of distress and/or it makes the person not able to do certain things” says Dr. Bridget Walker. Having a constant or persistent feeling of fear and distress, is known as anxiety. In the past, people with mental disorders have been misunderstood and poorly treated. During, times in ancient Greece, many societies connected mental disorders to punishments from the gods or being possessed by demons. But, people still tried to find a more scientific explanation. No matter the cause, if not properly cared for, anxiety can lead to serious problems and disorders.
Interpersonal attraction, as defined by social psychologists, refers to attitudinal positivity (Huston and Levinger, 1978). Although, this attitudinal positivity may not refer a romantic attraction, it still refers to an attraction that is compelling enough to form a relationship with another individual. Interpersonal relationships are formed when an individual feels the ‘need to affiliate’. This ‘need to affiliate’ is critically important to human beings. Individuals who achieve high levels of affiliation often form successful interpersonal relationships. Those who develop strong relationships with other members of society acquire a strong sense of belonging which contributes to a higher level of self esteem. There are many factors that influence
The argument of whether shyness is social anxiety is different or the same is a tough one, since they are so similar it is hard to tell. Shyness is usually the concept people are identified with when a one avoids social situations. Shyness and social anxiety can be classified as the same since most definitions of both use the fear of social situations. The American Psychological Association says that “Shyness is the tendency to feel awkward worried or tense during social situations” and Thomas A. Richards of the Social Anxiety Institute says that “Social anxiety is. the fear of interacting with others”. Social anxiety and shyness are hard to tell apart and to argue that they are different, but there seems to be a difference in the definitions