Social anxiety

Miriam completed the quiz

Yes, I know. I started something last time and I have to finish it. But in theAnxious dog meantime….

Facebook quizzes. A bit of fun. You answer the questions, publish the result with some witty comment and might spark a few replies.

So my Facebook friend, Kim, took the quiz: “What mental disorder are you?” and got the result: “kleptomania.” She thought that was funny and so did I. I liked the alliteration, too. So I took the quiz and got:

Miriam completed the quiz “What mental disorder are you?” with the result Social Anxiety Disorder.

You do not like being with people. They make you nervous. It is much easier to relate to them on Facebook, where you can stalk them without them seeing you.

Somehow, I didn’t find that funny, so I didn’t post it on Facebook. Most of it is too true. But, I do like being with people. And I don’t stalk people. Or do I? Maybe, if I don’t say anything it seems that way. It’s not what I intend, but could be how it appears.

Which leads to a lot of questions. Do you like Facebook quizzes? Do you take jokes too seriously? Do I stalk you? What mental disorder are you? And more….

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

7 replies on “Miriam completed the quiz”

I know this post is a few days old, but I wanted to offer, in case it’s of some reassurance, that ‘stalking’ is used much more lightly online than in the real world. Usually people just mean following someone’s updates, or checking out their profile, with no real sinister overtones.

The way I read it, the implication was that on Facebook I can stalk you without you seeing, while in real life you’ll see if I stalk you. But, with the passage of time, the remark has turned back into a bit of fun. Thanks for the clarification. 🙂

I take a few quizzes but try not to get carried away. Haven’t taken the mental disorder one…might be afraid to. As far as I know, no one is stalking me. In fact, I tend to think no one is actually paying me attention at all. And thanks to my non-stop-joking dad, I rarely take jokes too seriously.

I don’t take FB quizzes, I consider them a waste of time. Is this how you found out about your social disorder?

Of course now that I’m reading your blog from bottom to top, I realize that was a stupid question. I really like your blog, Miriam. I think everybody suffers from social anxiety at a certain level, just that the lower levels are not defined as anxiety. On a 1-100 scale, the ‘normals’ are probably up to 50 and the higher your score, the more anxious you are.

Reading your blog made me feel closer to you, because I understand you better. You are a person I’d like to befriend. Would you like that too?

I certainly would. And I think you’re right about the levels. The feelings becomes social anxiety when they take over your life.

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