Social anxiety is a common problem. An English artist found a fascinating way to overcome and highlight the issue. Read More
I don't see how this offers any VIABLE way to "solve" social anxiety problems.
Live in a cardboard box to avoid social anxiety?
OP Is clearly pro psychologist 360 no scoper.
I agree. Don't people spend enough time at home, online in their own personal "box"? That's why we had so much fun playing with a tape recorder when we were young. Singing to an audience you can't even see isn't the same as practicing two-way communication. I read this hoping to learn something useful and share it, but didn't, so I'm not.
Two years ago I found out there are groups that can help, so I joined one and have seen benefits. We help and mentor each other with learning and practicing good communication, public speaking, providing useful feedback, as well as learning leadership and organization skills. I learned that when hiring, some employers have said they think the program is so beneficial that they will consider hiring current or former program members over non members.
We already know people are less inhibited when they can be anonymous. Look at YouTube comments. Anonymity can also bring out the worst in people, but it's somewhat safer to have them posting online, provided those being commented on can deal with the negative as well as positive.
Most of us can't live in a box, so we need a chance to learn communication and interaction skills that can be applied in real life, even more so in this internet age.
People who interacted with the artwork overcame their social inhibitions. They found themselves singing loudly in a completely liberated way when surrounded by hundreds of people. They found it released their anxieties. That was not the point though. It was an artwork. It exists for no purpose or function. That is what is so wonderful about it.
I think you are thinking too practically. Creep Karaoke Kiosk is an artwork. It does not have to have a purpose - though it did make people aware of how inhibited they were in their daily lives.
Article description says "An English artist found a fascinating way to overcome and highlight the issue."
She has maybe brought attention and fun to her exhibit, but it doesn't offer any practical way to overcome the issues, so I believe the article description is false, going by info provided.
Art sets you free. That's kinda the point. Art is an outlet for people to be entirely their own and I think it's a fantastic thing that being anonymous can set people free the way it does. It amazes me what people do when no one can see their face. It almost seems like every other person suffers from social anxiety, and that to me is really sad.
Yes, I think almost everyone feels under pressure to behave in certain ways in public. It is difficult for me to convey in the article the sense of release that the people felt after they had taken part in the artwork, but it was astonishing to see.
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