I struggled for years with this...but I can honestly say, I am almost completely healed from it...and my healing is from self-examination, praying, and reading many books on overcoming fear. So, this journey takes time. (I still don't know why it ever started in the first place, having been the popular, happy-go-lucky, outgoing, class clown as a child.) I think I do.. let's just say, for brevity sake, the dysfunction and tragedy that began when I was 11 had a lot to do with causing my low self esteem. It was like a seed of doubt and insecurity, that took root in my soul, and grew into a huge tree. Anyways, I started to "believe" that I was no good, that I was inarticulate, that I was dumb, that I was being judged all the time and worrying about what people thought of me....with that said, here's how you can overcome it. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "What other people think of me is none of my business." Easier said than done. I know. But it's the foundation of where your healing starts. If you have to post that somewhere, please do it to remind yourself. A few years ago, I began auditioning for plays. I was scared to death every time I walked on stage. But this experience, of fighting my fear, helped me OVERCOME my fear. I also signed up for Toastmasters, and, with confidence, stood up and spoke to hundreds of people. Try this! It helps! Here's advice about the workplace: when you become proficient at your job, and build your experiences in the work place, you will gain confidence in yourself. And through that confidence, and having very good people skills (that you develop along the way)...you will come to this conclusion: What others say don't matter. What matters is that YOU ARE GOOD, IN FACT, YOU'RE AWESOME, and You are Content with yourself, you accept yourself, with all your flaws, and you come to realize that most people are NOT judging you...they just want to get to know you, so RELAX. And so what if you mess up, or act goofy, or whatever...if people don't accept you for the Unique, one-of-a-kind, GIFTED person that you are, THE HELL WITH THEM! Just remember, we are only here for a short time. Get out there and LIVE YOUR LIFE. BE HAPPY. Don't worry about what others think. Be confident. Learn as much as you can. You CAN heal yourself from social anxiety. I am living proof.