In social anxiety there is a tendency to pay particular attention to cues signaling social disapproval. However, if the person perceives signs of social disapproval, they may start looking for passive signs of social approval elsewhere to compensate for the feeling of rejection.
CAN YOU REDUCE ANXIETY WITH ATTENTION TRAINING?
Training anxious individuals to turn their attention towards positive things in their environment is effective at reducing anxiety.
HOW DOES SOCIAL THREAT AFFECT SOCIAL ANXIETY?
The effects of social threat on the neuroendocrine system and its consequence on social behavior.