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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsPROF. DR.

Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsTINEKE OLDEHINKEL: Social anxiety is a special kind of fear of failure. It's an extreme fear of embarrassing yourself, especially when you're being watched and evaluated by others such as when you hold a speech at school. Teenagers with social anxiety are extremely stressed when they are in the spotlight and try to stay out of it by all means. In more extreme cases, they may avoid almost all social situations, so also talking to teachers and strangers, eating and drinking in public, and going to parties.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsSPEAKER 1: If I have to give a speech at school, I think I'd probably start to blush and then to sweat and then my voice would tremble and my hands too. I'd feel so ashamed of myself, and I'd think that everyone would think that I'm stupid. And the blushing would just make me even more nervous. I wish I was as self-confident as others. PROF. DR.

Skip to 1 minute and 11 secondsTINEKE OLDEHINKEL: Young people with fear of failure often think that others are better and more self-confident than they are and don't notice that those otters sometimes feel nervous and uncertain as well. But they do. Just watch your classmates, and you will see that you're not the only one. Fear of failure can occur at all ages but is a particularly big problem when you are at school, because then you have regular tests and speeches. There's no escape. If you mess up on those test because of too much stress, you perform less well then you actually can and may miss opportunities to do what you want to do. It's, therefore, important not to let this fear control your life. But how?

Social anxiety

In this video Tineke Oldehinkel explains that social anxiety is a type of fear of failure. This is a huge fear for embarrassment, especially in front of others, such as during a presentation.

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Young People and Their Mental Health

University of Groningen

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