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Do you think being born in your country has affected your social anxiety?


In some northern and cold countries like Scandinavia, England and so on people are more reserved and less social.
On the other hand in warmer countries like Brazil for instance people are more outgoing and social.
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Probably and I'm from England. I also think generalised anxiety is more common in 'developed countries.'

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Probably and I'm from England. I also think generalised anxiety is more common in 'developed countries.'
How is your experience having social anxiety in England?
Is it more accepted?
As people are already, culturally not too social.

I am from Greece by the way which is the opposite.
I feel that if I was born in England or other northern country my condition would be more understood and accepted.
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How is your experience having social anxiety in England?
Is it more accepted?
As people are already, culturally not too social.

I am from Greece by the way which is the opposite.
I feel that if I was born in England or other northern country my condition would be more understood and accepted.
I think it varies in different areas of the country. The south is more introverted and stoic than Northern England. The North of England is the only place someone has started talking to me on public transport although saying that I did once see someone on a train back from London harassing someone else, in both cases these people were drunk.

It makes it harder to talk to people in public if you're trying to challenge yourself that way aside from that the healthcare access etc in your country will influence things. The UK isn't very good when it comes to support for people with mental health issues ime.

I wouldn't say people are more understanding of weirdness or quietness you'll still probably get negative comments. But can't compare it to Greece. I know that people my age in my country have the second worst rate of mental well being in the world. Japan beat us haha. Of course (Apparently it was only out of 20 countries though.) But yeah don't move here if you're considering that.

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I think, a person with SA is socially anxious in any society!

You have to socialise and leave your comfort zones even in a reserved country!
Only the social rules, personal distances or temperaments might be different.

The grass always seems greener on the other side, I guess.

But generally a change of environment often has a positive effect.
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I think, a person with SA is socially anxious in any society!

You have to socialise and leave your comfort zones even in a reserved country!
Only the social rules, personal distances or temperaments might be different.

The grass always seems greener on the other side, I guess.

But generally a change of environment often has a positive effect.
germans are notoriously reserved, cold, not social and not outgoing.
Is this true?
How is your experience having social anxiety there?.
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Compared to Southern Europe that's probably true. 🙂

Nah..., I think, we are pretty OK now!
And just check out Carnival and Oktoberfest etc!

Things strangely significantly changed very much to the better after we hosted the soccer world cup in 2006!

I never had SA in another country than here so can't answer your question, sorry!
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I'm from Cuba and Miami so no lol
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no I dont think theres much disadvantage growing up in NZ. if anything it's an advantage, at least in general terms. if I grew up elsewhere it would probably be worse - I mean if everything else stayed the same, but it wouldnt stay the same so I'd be a different person really so who knows?

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American greeting: "HI HOW ARE YOU HOW'S YOUR DAY GOING". I only learned from the internet that this is not normal in other countries.
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American greeting: "HI HOW ARE YOU HOW'S YOUR DAY GOING". I only learned from the internet that this is not normal in other countries.

What vexes me about those greetings is that those whom I ask don't often respond. Asking "How are you?" is tantamount to saying "Hi" to some people apparently. That, or they're being rude. I don't know. The USA isn't stringent in regards to rules of etiquette. It's somewhat irritating because it's difficult to discern whether they're insulting me. For example, someone will ask me how I'm doing, then I'll respond, then I'll reciprocate the question, and then they won't respond. It's happened so often that it's become normal to me.


Then there are the times I'll ask someone how they're doing, and they'll just respond by saying "hi." It's peculiar.
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American greeting: "HI HOW ARE YOU HOW'S YOUR DAY GOING". I only learned from the internet that this is not normal in other countries.

Even this is gradually becoming a less of a thing in America, unless in small and rural communities.

The truth is strictly what the ones in power perceives it to be.

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Most of my anxiety is about fear of discrimination and violence, so I feel pretty fortunate that I was born here and not in a less tolerant country. I mean, I'm still afraid to leave my house most of the time, but it could be a lot worse.

I don't think the cultural dimension of sociability (less sociable in colder climates) really affects me. Canadians seem fairly sociable.

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