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Social Anxiety Fear Factor

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That was really great. Thanks LRR!

In next week's episode, James repeats the phone call situation, only without his pants on.

I wonder if the comments section will mirror the Kickstarter forum over on LRR's site with people lamenting how they couldn't get through the opening section due to it being too awkward.

... and now I know what my personal hell will look like.

Thanks a lot.

When in doubt, hide under pile of coats. The perfect defense.

I would watched this over the real "Fear" Factor. Last time I've check, eating horrible food is NOT a fear!

varmintx:
I wonder if the comments section will mirror the Kickstarter forum over on LRR's site with people lamenting how they couldn't get through the opening section due to it being too awkward.

I have to admit, I came a bit close to phoning it in... I suspect, in real life, I probably would have politely excused myself by the time that Paul hit that button.

Awkward silence would have been easy.

3:59: Freaky tiny hand visual effect!

Unholy Gods, this one was fantastic! The bluff at the start was brilliant, I had no ides which way this was going to go and thought Kathleens character was going to murder the newcomer for ruining her party but then the video took a complete 180 in tone and I love it

The other segments in the show were a stroke a genius!

Also, did Alex shave his hair half way through making this video/

Also, also, why is Jer always the shows presenter?

Also, also, also! I now want to get into a staring contest with Graham =]

-M

I'm definitely with Beej on that one- get me outta here!. Dinner Party+ Small Talk= instant discomfort and exhaustion afterwards. Who can forget such instant classics like "I have no idea where to sit so I'll just stand awkwardly" and "Your half-baked political/religious/sports views make me grumpy but it would be impolite to contradict you in this setting." It's even worse when you're hosting and have to clean up; it's all the terror of forced social interaction coupled with the pleasure of picking up after people. You might counter with "But sometimes you get free food!" Oooh Kale Salad, Vegan loaf and gluten free crackers- you spoil me! =P

The_Darkness:

Awkward silence would have been easy.

I think, "Try to strike up small talk with complete stranger" would have been a better challenge.

It combines the difficulty of inventing conversation starters with a stranger, followed up by complete dead silence as you feel like you're failing at holding a conversation. That's a personal experience I had before, and with was with someone I was interested in. It made me realise that maybe I wasn't ready to be in a relationship.
Doesn't help that the standard small talk questions I don't personally care about the answers that would be given. Why would I care about the weather? Why would I care about if you been to any music festivals? Why would I ask about what you like because the statistical likelihood of having an overlap is nil.

I can only feign interest if the other person is talking to begin with.

scw55:

I think, "Try to strike up small talk with complete stranger" would have been a better challenge.

It combines the difficulty of inventing conversation starters with a stranger, followed up by complete dead silence as you feel like you're failing at holding a conversation. That's a personal experience I had before, and with was with someone I was interested in. It made me realise that maybe I wasn't ready to be in a relationship.
Doesn't help that the standard small talk questions I don't personally care about the answers that would be given. Why would I care about the weather? Why would I care about if you been to any music festivals? Why would I ask about what you like because the statistical likelihood of having an overlap is nil.

I can only feign interest if the other person is talking to begin with.

Hmm, yeah I'd agree. That said, I've gotten fairly good at that one too. Find something to break the ice (I regularly take train journeys, so a comment on how crowded the train is as they sit down beside you, followed by asking where they're headed, can work well.) After that, let the conversation flow. If they are interested in chatting, you won't find yourself doing all the work to keep the conversation going. If not, you're probably not going to make them interested by asking them (say) what their favourite movie is. And there's always a chance that you'll have something in common.

This all coming from someone that readily admits to having social anxiety, and has had to develop methods to get around it.

I admit to turning off the video before Paul pressed the button. Then I read the comments and actually watched it.

Be careful when hiding in the coat pile Paul, the last time we saw it was when Alex took a salami in there.

I would be so good in the awkward silence event, they'd have to check I wasn't asleep.

I can totally see myself doing what Paul did in the party, if I was invited to more. :(

Isn't it called Avoidant Personality in the DSM?

Great job, good setup and then the punchline.

This feels more like an attack against those who cant defend themselves. It just has a very mean vibe to it that is really off putting. but then so do the shows their mocking but...it is really the sort of video that is difficul to slog through to the end.

Kathleen's acting was rgeat I wanted to murder her in under fifteen seconds in that role.

As someone with a severe social anxiety disorder, I found this pretty damn hilarious. Well done.

oathblade:
This feels more like an attack against those who cant defend themselves. It just has a very mean vibe to it that is really off putting. but then so do the shows their mocking but...it is really the sort of video that is difficul to slog through to the end.

Kathleen's acting was rgeat I wanted to murder her in under fifteen seconds in that role.

If you know that Paul Saunders actually struggles with social anxiety it puts a different spin on it, I think.

Loved the brief shot of Imperious Hipster Alex sitting on the sofa.

Oh man, I had a similar moment to the dinner party the other week at a 21st. The invitation said "cocktail vintage" so after checking with the host I went wearing a very short dress number in a 60's vein. I walked in and everyone there was wearing pearls, suits and bloody ballgowns. Never felt more self-conscious in my life. The looks I got from the grandparents certainly didn't help.

I then had to make small talk with two girls my own age I didn't know (everyone there was at least 30 years older than me) until finally someone I knew from high school but hadn't spoken to for several years showed up.

I was tested to the limit, but I survived! I'd never do it again though.

As someone who has very extreme social anxiety bordering on Avoidant I would have to say that I wish there was a button I could use to tap out of a conversation. Jeff is braver than I am. I never would have went.

Wow, that was AWESOME!!!
Definitely a keeper!!! :D :D :D

varmintx:
I wonder if the comments section will mirror the Kickstarter forum over on LRR's site with people lamenting how they couldn't get through the opening section due to it being too awkward.

Yeah I had to skip through that myself... Gets better once the buzzer comes into play.

I almost skipped ahead, well done.

Okay, yeah, I loved it when Jeff lost it on the tool competition after the first two. Brilliant.

Zhukov:
... and now I know what my personal hell will look like.

Thanks a lot.

Are you sure you're not me?

 

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