Sometimes reclusiveness can be a sign of something more serious, though.
Social anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses, but it’s still poorly understood outside of scientific circles.
It's the fear of negative evaluation by others, and that is [part of] a very fundamental, biological need to be liked. Khazan: Does everyone get socially anxious, or just certain people?
Hofmann: Well, it would be very abnormal not to be socially anxious.
Social anxiety is a result of the fear of a possibility that we will not be accepted by our peers.Social anxiety is a very normal stage that children go through, [along with] separation anxiety and stranger anxiety.These are actually very normal stages, and children who do not go through these stages, doctors do worry about those kids.Hofmann: In psychiatry we have a group of what we call anxiety disorders, and that includes social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, and the like.Social anxiety disorder is the most common form among all the anxiety disorders.It actually is also ranked, in comparison to all the other mental disorders, as one of the most common disorders, next only to depression and substance use disorder.