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Social anxiety is certain to be an obstacle in post-Covid world

Eimear McGovern


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Second guessing ourselves has become the norm as we move through the pandemic

Second guessing ourselves has become the norm as we move through the pandemic

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Second guessing ourselves has become the norm as we move through the pandemic

As I shut down my laptop after another videochat on Zoom with my book club, that familiar feeling came over me. Sitting in a now-dark room, my partner asleep in the bedroom and having drunk two glasses of wine, I initially felt content. But soon, I started to second-guess everything I had said over the several hours I had spent virtually with my friends.

Was that thing I said weird?” I asked myself. Had I (again) overshared either something about myself, my hopes and dreams or my relationship, made too blunt or too disparaging a comment in the heat of the moment or not paid close enough attention to something one of my friends had said? I shut my laptop, went to the bedroom and woke up my fiancé, where I asked him what he thought of one of the exchanges I had with the women, some of my closest friends, despite knowing his alarm was set for a far-too-early hour of the morning.


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