social anxiety

noun

Medical Definition of social anxiety

: a form of anxiety that is brought about by social situations (such as meeting strangers, dating, or public speaking) in which embarrassment or a negative judgment by others may occur Shyness, the most common form of social anxiety, occurs when a person's apprehensions are so great that they inhibit his making an expected or desired social response.— Daniel Goleman, The New York Times, 18 Dec. 1984 especially : social anxiety disorder

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