4 Ways to Reframe “Approach Anxiety” When Meeting New People

approach anxiety

Learn how to overcome and reframe “approach anxiety,” which is the common fear we all have of rejection and embarrassment before we meet someone new.

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First impressions can be sticky. And it can be scary to think that so much about us is judged based on surface-level appearances.  However, it’s good to know that these first impressions can be very flexible depending on our facial expressions. And of course, this makes complete sense. Your first impression of someone smiling is going to be different than your first impression of someone making a disgusted face, even if they are the exact same person at the end of the day.

First impressions can be sticky. And it can be scary to think that so much about us is judged based on surface-level appearances.

However, it’s good to know that these first impressions can be very flexible depending on our facial expressions.

And of course, this makes complete sense. Your first impression of someone smiling is going to be different than your first impression of someone making a disgusted face, even if they are the exact same person at the end of the day.


Enlightened Self-Interest: When Your Values Overlap With Other People

enlightened self-interest

There’s no difference between “selfish” and “selfless” if you understand how the world works. We live in an interdependent world…every time you cut off somebody else’s opportunities, you shrink your own horizons.

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People can change. You can change. Society can change. Just because some things are difficult here and now doesn’t mean that will always be the case. Understanding this can help make things a lot less stressful and burdensome.

People can change. You can change. Society can change. Just because some things are difficult here and now doesn’t mean that will always be the case. Understanding this can help make things a lot less stressful and burdensome.


As we get to know someone, it’s often the “quirks” that really make us attracted to them, not how society perceives their attractiveness.

As we get to know someone, it’s often the “quirks” that really make us attracted to them, not how society perceives their attractiveness.


The Ripple Effect of Kindness

ripple effect

According to recent research, our acts of kindness and good deeds may have a larger impact on the world than we initially thought.

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The more you have, the more you can give to others. This is why you often need to focus on yourself before you can truly help people.