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If 'cave syndrome' is keeping you from going in public, here's how to combat it

June 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The pandemic has kept people isolated from each other, but as the world has opens up, some are terrified to venture out.

Bregman said he spends much of his day trying to help these people who are jeopardizing their careers because of this fear.

Many people are feeling uncomfortable going out into the world, which is normal and to be expected, said Dr. Alan Teo, an associate professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

With downward social comparison, "it helps you feel a little bit better about yourself," Teo said.

Some people are introverted and feel drained after long periods of social interaction, which he said is perfectly normal.

People haven't had to use their social skills like small talk as often over the past year, so it's okay to be out of practice, Teo said.

"We were resilient in adapting to spending more time alone at home, and I think with practice those social skills are going to come back," Teo said.

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