According to your results you appear to be the type of person who enjoys socializing with both large and smaller, more intimate groups of people. You don’t mind being around big crowds, but that doesn’t mean you’ll want to crash every party you’re invited to. Having an active social life and extending your network of friends is relatively important to you, but it isn’t the most crucial thing. You’ve managed to strike a great balance between actively involving yourself in your larger social network, and spending some quality time with a few intimate friends. Although you may not always be the conversation-starter or the “life of the party”, you are generally a very outgoing individual, whether among friends or people you are less familiar with.
Social Anxiety: 19/68
Your score suggests that you may be experiencing the symptoms of social anxiety disorder. Although the SPIN Self Test screens for the symptoms of social anxiety disorder, only a doctor can make a diagnosis for this disorder.
I appear to have particular difficulty with:
- Activities in which I am the center of attention
- Giving speeches.
- Being embarrassed or looking foolish (although I'd clarify this by saying that if I'm the one making an ass of myself it's not as bad as when someone else is deliberately humiliating me)
- Trembling or shaking (or stuttering!) in front of others.
Last edited by anii; 11-03-2007 at 11:40 AM.
Reason: Because the stupid 'quick reply' cut off the bulk of the text!
According to your results you appear to be the type of person who doesn’t socialize very often. You likely have a limited social network, and possibly aren’t really interested in extending it beyond a few close and intimate friendships. Having an active social life doesn’t appear to be an important thing to you.Chances are that when the opportunity arises to socialize among a large group of people, you’ll most likely turn it down if possible. This doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t enjoy socializing or being around people. Rather, you tend to prefer spending time with smaller groups of friends. Individuals who score similarly to you typically aren’t conversation-starters, especially with people they aren’t familiar with. In addition, they aren’t known to be exceptionally outgoing, unless among close friends.
Social Anxiety Disorder Self Test Results
Your Score: 47 out of a possible 68.
Your score suggests that you may be experiencing the symptoms of social anxiety disorder.
Type - Extraversion raw score / Social Anxiety raw score (% social anxiety)
I've omitted the posters who only submitted one result and those who do not have a listed type, as they are not useful points of comparison. Because the possible points on the tests are different, I translated the Social Anxiety results into percentages. Note that the extraversion scores are out of 100, and are the same as their percentages.
A distinction for me is that while I'm rather uncomfortable in a lot of social settings (especially parties), I don't AVOID them. I just dread them. ;-) I do it despite my underlying anxiety, just because I don't want the anxiety to rule my life.
The public speaking thing - well, I don't think most people, even extroverts, naturally enjoy doing that. Public speakers/presenters who are comfortable doing it are a rare breed.
I had a former job that kinda trained the public speaking/leading skills into me, though. I was a sheep jumping into a pack of wolves. :-) The job basically called for doing everything I'm not naturally comfortable at doing - giving presentations, leading hikes (leading hikes and guiding and talking to 25+ people for 3 hours!!! EEK!!!) It was terrifying initially, but by the end of the job I was much better and more confident at it, and wasn't nearly as insecure as I was at first. But do I want a job like that ever again? No, I don't. :-) By the end, while I was outwardly decent at it and got some affirmative feedback, I was still kinda play-acting the whole time, because internally it just wasn't ME, and internally I was on edge and had underlying anxiety the whole time. It was, and will always be, too far out of my comfort zone and natural abilites. But it was cool/interesting to 'test'/challenge myself.