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Handling Authority Figures

By November 11, 2007

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Social anxiety disorder (SAD) can wreak havoc on your personal life and in particular your career and day-to-day functioning in the workplace. cfalc, a member of the SAD forum has posted a query regarding handling meetings with authority figures -- in this particular instance with a work supervisor.

I have had social anxiety disorder all my life, and I am often miserable about it. Here is my current problem: I received an e-mail from my boss on Friday that she wanted to have a visit with me on Monday, specifally at 11:00 a.m. I have worried about what this meeting could be about to the point of imagining myself quitting just to avoid this meeting. Anyone out there as neurotic as I am about dealing with authority figures? I need to know I'm not alone in this and that I'm working myself up over nothing.

I would encourage others to post comments and suggestions about ways you have found to manage anxiety when meeting with authority figures. Please post your comments and suggestions in the SAD forum.

November 21, 2007 at 5:46 am
(1) letitia says:

yes…me too, but i’m like that with any situation that takes me out of my comfort zone. i have quite college courses all because my teacher would put me on the spot and ask me to work out a algerbraic answer on the board or if i had to do a report in front of the class, i would dread that day until it comes and then…let me say i felt like i’d rather been gone away from here. that’s how bad it was. i am taking lexapro’s but i still have problem’s. i feel like i can’t work or anything like you cause i’m in fear of quitting my job (that i have been on for years.

August 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm
(2) DB says:

I too suffer from social anxiety, particulary in the work place. Anytime I am asked to come to the office, it subconsciously reminded of my Father’s overbearing, bullying voice and it fills me with fear and I have a difficult time holding my enotions back. Sometimes, I get over overwhelmed that I need to leave work because of uncontrollable crying. This article answered some of my questions regarding authoritative social anxiety.

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