But here’s something to ponder: whose thought?
“The thought of being judged…” “The thought of failing in front of others…”
Ever wonder who is doing all this doubting? Who else - but the person himself. It’s him. It’s her. It’s actually in all of us to talk ourselves down. Statistics reveal that 3% of women and 2% of men will experience severe forms of social anxiety while still in their youth, and that as many as 12% will experience a severe form of it at least once in their lifetime. (Asher, Asnaani, & Aderka, 2017)
“To understand social anxiety, one has to distinguish between a social anxiety disorder, which is the most severe form of the problem and debilitating in more than one area of a person’s life, and what is called “non-clinical” social anxiety which is far more common. More serious social anxiety has long-term negative consequences for young people so it’s important to recognize the early signs of the disorder and prevent even mild social anxiety before it gets worse,” said Michael Ungar, Director of the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University and author of Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success
But good news. There is something you can do to cope with social anxiety and not letting doubts stop you from performing: RESILIENCE – a learned ability, accessible to everyone, can help people cope with challenges and perform at their full potential. And Clear is committed to help you become more resilient, providing you with the right tools and guidance to help clear your mind from toxic, self-limiting thoughts and doubts.
Resilience is our ability to cope with challenges and bounce forward after a setback. But different from what you might think, resilience is not just about your individual ability to cope, but it is also about the resources you surround yourself with and knowing you can reach out to them to give you a boost.
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf”- Jon Kabat-Zinn, American Professor of Medicine.
This refers to your individual ruggedness - your own abilities and talents. However, it’s much easier to learn how to surf when you have a lifeguard, a coach and a surfboard – and this refers to the resources that can help you cope with challenges. Nobody can thrive without support – and that’s what Clear wants you to know: that to be resilient, you need to be a both rugged AND resourced, and we will help you get there.
That’s why CLEAR teamed up with the world’s leading social scientist, Michael Ungar, co-director of the Resilience Research Center (RRC) at Dalhousie University, whose work is raising awareness of the growing issue of social anxiety and the need to shift our focus to equipping young people with the supports they need to achieve both ruggedness AND resourcefulness to be able to tackle life’s many challenges.
Clear is committed to drive a positive change both by addressing the global issue of social anxiety and working with the RRC to develop programs and resources designed to build resilience, so that young people around the world can better cope with social anxiety.