re: Is majority of social anxiety for everyone peer pressure
My social anxiety doesn't really get triggered by peer pressure. I've been thinking about it recently and analysing certain things in the past, such as how I used to feel walking down the street etc. or around people in general, and why I felt so anxious.
I think our SA shares that common element of not being happy with who we are, but mine is for a different reason. I've always felt very different to most people I see around in some fundamental way. From the way I walk and move, to the way I think and naturally behave, and to the way I'm hyper-sensitive to things like temperature, odour, noise, light etc. I think I could sense this difference early on so I did my best to blend in, not reveal my interests or sensitivities, and I thought that if I allowed any of that to emerge at all I'd become vulnerable to attack or ridicule. So I'd walk around hyper-vigilant, constantly checking myself, and concentrating extremely hard on behaving like 'normal' people. This naturally leads to much anxiety because you're trying to be something you're not and at the same time detesting what you really are. Since allowing myself my differences somewhat, and even finding the positive in them, the anxiety has decreased dramatically. I think that self-acceptance the only way to really combat it.