Sensitivity and shyness
Many people who seek out hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy are sensitive, and a fairly high percentage would say they are shy, or have social anxiety. We live in times where there is an expectation and belief that the sociable extrovert is the norm, the ideal, and anyone who falls outside of that has problems and needs to be put right.
Many a time I've had clients who say they want to change to fit in with their friends and what is expected of them. But hypnotherapy cannot turn you into someone you are not. Realistically it can only help you to become more fully and comfortably yourself. Learning and understanding that being of a sensitive nature can actually be a gift, a blessing; in that you are often more observant, and insightful of what is happening around you, can be incredibly valuable. You may have found people often come to you to talk out their problems, or to ask what you think about various matters, because they know you possess these qualities.
It is also possible to become confidently shy. This may sound like a contradiction, but learning to be at ease in your own skin, being true to yourself can have profound effects. It may be that you discover you prefer one to one's rather than an endless round of group socialising. But equally, you may find you still enjoy being in groups, but not feeling the need to behave in the same way as your extrovert counterparts do.
The shy, sensitive individual can learn to function successfully in any and all situations, by embracing and celebrating who they are, rather than trying to be something they're not. This means you can take on challenges such as public speaking and presentation, working effectively in large groups, defining what does and doesn't work for you. You might be surprised to learn that some very public figures are both shy and sensitive. It does not prevent you from becoming influential or living a full and satisfying life.
Social anxiety is a known condition, and much help and change can be manifested through hypnotherapy, but a significant part of that may stem from learning how to be comfortably and confidently who you are, or learning not to feel pressured to do things which do not suit your personality.
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