The Art of Overcoming Social Anxiety with Mark Metry

Social anxiety has an impact that goes far beyond a discomfort interacting with people and can lead to substance abuse, depression, and suicidal ideation, so what can you do to overcome your social anxiety, how do your diet and physical health impact it, and how is technology playing a significant role in all of this?


What to Listen For

  • What is social anxiety and how do we deal with it during COVID-19 when social distancing is important?
  • How do we deal with social anxiety now that social distancing is becoming a normal part of our daily lives?
  • How did Mark Metry overcome his social anxiety and what can you learn from his journey so you can overcome your social anxiety before it ruins your life?
  • How does your gut microbiome influence your social anxiety and mental wellbeing?
  • How can looking at yourself in terms of hardware and software with regards to your self-development journey blow open your perspective on your overall health?
  • Why is it important to tackle social anxiety after you’ve established a strong physical and mental foundation with a healthy diet and regular exercise?
  • What can you do to make sure you’re using technology and it’s not using you?
  • How is social anxiety tied to substance abuse, depression, and suicide and what can you do to overcome your social anxiety so you can live a more fulfilling life?



Many of us deal with social anxiety in varying degrees and in different situations. Someone might experience social anxiety talking to a group of people but be perfectly comfortable saying hi to a stranger. Someone else might experience social anxiety talking to their boss at work, but feel right at home at networking events. For some of us, it’s a mild obstacle we force ourselves through when we need to, but for others, it can be a serious concern and have long-lasting effects on your potential and happiness, not to mention your lifespan if it leads you down a path of self-isolation and depression. 


Social anxiety can feel overwhelming, but you can overcome it. You can bounce back and become the best version of yourself that you want to be. But you have to be willing to take that first step and start living a healthy life – your mental and emotional well being is directly influenced by the food you put in your mouth and how often you exercise the only body you get.


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Resources from this Episode

Mark Metry’s Website

Humans 2.0 Podcast hosted by Mark Metry

Mark Metry on Twitter
Screw Being Shy by Mark Metry


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AJ Harbinger - author of 1155 posts on The Art of Charm

AJ Harbinger is one of the world’s top relationship development experts. His company, The Art of Charm, is a leading training facility for top performers that want to overcome social anxiety, develop social capital and build relationships of the highest quality. Raised by a single father, AJ felt a strong desire to learn about relationships and the elements that make them successful. However, this interest went largely untapped for many years. Following the path set out for him by his family, AJ studied biology in college and went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan. It was at this time that he began to feel immense pressure from the cancer lab he worked in and began to explore other outlets for expression. It was at this point that The Art of Charm Podcast was born.

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