Social Inhibition or Social Phobia

Social Inhibition or Social Phobia

Social inhibition is a conscious or unconscious constraint or curtailment by a person of the processes or behaviors that he or she may consider objectionable in a social setting. Man is a social animal and therefore, a certain level of inhibition is helpful because it reduces or prevents the person from acting on certain antisocial impulses.

Social Inhibition or Social Phobia, Acting, Social Inhibition, Social PhobiaDifferent people have different levels of inhibitions. The level of inhibition may be closely linked with the person’s confidence, upbringing, and other factors. When a person doesn’t have any inhibitions at all, it is considered to be an extreme in which the person could behave antisocially. It is also a symptom of a mental disorder, such as hypomania and mania. On the other hand, if a person has a high level of inhibition, he may be creating serious personal problems for himself, including an inability to feel or express certain emotions.

There are some substances that can lower the level of inhibition, such as alcohol or certain drugs. Of course, these substances can have different effects on different people. Social inhibitions may be reduced with a certain level of the substance concentration, and it may even be increased. For example, abuse of stimulants may lead to anxiety and heightened inhibition in some people. This is more common in drugs with dysphoric effects. However, many people also believe in the classic ‘alcohol: without alcohol’ experiment which demonstrates that people often simply need the alcohol as an excuse to act in ways they would not otherwise do.

The truth is that social inhibition mechanism is universal in function but people can adapt this mechanism to whatever particular culture they happen to find themselves in.

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