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Around Women, Everybody Hesitates

Around Women, Everybody Hesitates

(ePharmaNews) - A meeting between a young man and a woman is considered a big challenge for both of them, and while the behavior of girls is acceptable and justified in most cases, it is not the same for men, and even though we all think that self confidence plays a major role is this, a recent study, published by PLoS one confirmed that both socially confident and socially anxious have the same fear.

The objective of this study was to compare the reactions of ordinary men to those who suffer from social anxiety problems and fear of social interactions, as well as monitoring whether this anxiety will decrease or disappear over time.

The research, conducted at the University of London, was based on a sample of 36 men half of them suffer from social anxiety problems, scientists created a scenario of a party where four men talk together and a woman stands alone on the other side, then the woman walks towards one of the participants, introduces herself and begins to talk ; first, about usual things, then going deeper into more personal subjects. The study was accompanied by a full assessment of the physical manner of the participant and his stress, depending on the degree of skin color and pulse rate.

“Our expectation was that the socially anxious participants would show greater anxiety throughout” dr Xueni Pan says.

Compared to baseline readings both socially confident and socially anxious groups on average showed signs of significantly increased stress at the initial approach of the woman. The stress then diminished once the conversation entered into the ordinary phase, and did not significantly change thereafter.

There are three main conclusions from this study. The first is that those in the more anxious group showed a decrease in their post exposure anxiety score compared to their pre exposure score, meaning that their response to the specific event carried with it less anxiety than would be predicted from their everyday life experience.
Second, on average there were no differences in physiological responses between the Confident and Anxious groups, although again this may have been modulated by whether the participants were single or not
Third, in the initial period of the experiment when the virtual woman first approached them, participants had an increase in stress, indicated by greater heart rate and lower heart rate variability. This stress reduced during the subsequent period of conversation about mundane matters, and after that the stress never returned at a statistically significant level.

To us,the results can be more encouraging to initiative to create social bonds with people around us, regardless of the degree of our self confidence, but for researchers It's more complicated as the previous results drew attention to that ,according to Dr. Xueni Pan,“The methodology of placing socially anxious participants in a virtual reality where they can gain experience of how to act in a stressful situation promises a novel way forward for treating social anxiety.”

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Prepared by: Houssam Nahhas
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro

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