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Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots Deals With Social Anxiety Offstage

By June 13, 2010

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Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is not your typical rock star. He records vocal tracks separate from his bandmates. When on tour he travels separately from the band. And when he is in a crowd of people, he is not comfortable.

Weiland's social anxiety dates back to a time when the band was not yet a household name. In a recent article at bloginity.com, Weiland talks about how he turned to drugs to deal with the discomfort. Using heroin took away the fear, but unfortunately led to several arrests. Ironically, Weiland's fears were greatest when offstage; when onstage he viewed himself as a performance artist playing a part.

What do you think? Could a rock star who performs in front of millions of people really suffer with social anxiety?

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June 14, 2010 at 1:58 am
(1) Arturo Vega says:

Yes, of course! – Someone who performs in front of millions of people could suffer from social anxiety. Sometimes, its easier to hide your true feelings when you’re in the spotlight and in front of a lot of people – you learn to play the part and put on a show, and this becomes a security blanket, but when you’re in a room with one or two people; the security blanket comes off.

Its strange how it work, but that’s exactly how it works

June 14, 2010 at 5:08 am
(2) chris says:
June 14, 2010 at 7:52 am
(3) Ray Merkler says:

Absolutely! I’m the same way speaking in front of people. My anxiety goes out the window, because I’m just up there doing a job, but talking face to face is when my “Oh crap I’m being judged” reflex kicks in.

July 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(4) Caro says:

Oh definitely- it (social anxiety) hits people in different ways. In college, I had no problem answering a question in the classroom at length & would raise my hand to talk whenever I had something to say, but the few minutes of down time before or after a class, the small-talk time. I was like a clam.

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