Paruresis and the spotlight effect

Have you ever heard of the ‘spotlight effect’?

The spotlight effect is a term used in social psychology whereby people who are self-conscious about a physical or behavioural trait of theirs, overestimate the extent to which other people will notice this particular trait. 

Each and every one of us is the protagonist of our own lives and all of our experiences are at the centre of our own universes. Because of this, we can sometimes forget that we are not at the centre of everyone else’s life.

For people with a shy bladder, succumbing to the spotlight effect is very common. Most people experiencing a shy bladder believe that people will notice if they are standing at a urinal without actually passing urine when in reality, most people are much too focused on their own problems to even notice yours, let alone care. 

Whilst it is true that during desensitisation in public restrooms, occasionally some people might notice you, the spotlight effect blows this belief way out of proportion therefore, needlessly exacerbating your self-consciousness. 

Bear this in mind and start desensitising! 

Have a beautiful day.

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