I have prolems with anxiety in certain situations. The three main ones are 1) talking on the phone, especially to new people in a work setting... jobs that involve talking to customers on the phone usually scares me 2) public performance or speech... I have no problem raising my hand to say my opinion in class, but when it comes down to stuff like giving a speech or presenting something in front of a class, whether I've prepared it or if it's reading out of a book, I find it extremely uncomfortable (even though the prepared material may be superb or my reading very well). This is about one of the most nervewrecking things I've experienced. Honestly it doesn't matter whether I look and sound great, or people think negative of my performance and I make an ass of myself by saying something stupid. I don't care about other peoples opinions of me that much. Usually I can find reasons for my problems but this one is special. 3) taking public transportation... I don't know what it is, and I took the bus and streetcars everywhere as a younger teen... I had the anxiety before and I still have it, which is why I choose to drive everywhere. I know it sounds lame or even racist but what I worry about is people on the bus who are gangbangers or thugs who might start trouble... I never really felt this as a young kid, I guess it developed during middle school when a few incidents happened where kids of that type tried to rob me or start fights. If I'm on the street and I walk by a thuggish looking guy, there is no anxiety. I do not experience social anxiety in other aspects of life. I could approach some random guy or girl on the street and strike up a conversation. I have no trouble talking to girls, asking people for directions (although I don't because I have a great sense of direction :typicalguy... It is just these aspects that I guess have either developed or I never grew into. The public speaking thing bothers me in particular in that I'm taking a speech course (required of course... damn it!) this summer and even though it's Interpersonal Communication, I spent the first two weeks after just registering for it worried that I would have to start talking about myself.