A List of Jokes, Funny Puns, and Quotes About Social Anxiety

How to Laugh at Yourself When You Have Social Anxiety

Social anxiety can be lessened by making fun of yourself.
Try taking yourself less seriously to relieve anxiety. Getty / Image Source

Humor can be used to relieve tension and find more enjoyment in daily life. Although mental health issues are no laughing matter, funny puns, anecdotes, and jokes about shyness, social anxiety, and public speaking can bring some levity to an otherwise heavy topic.

If you live with social anxiety disorder, it might lighten the mood to poke a bit of fun at yourself through these jokes, funny puns, and silly quotes. Have a read through, and see if any of these make you chuckle.

Celebrity Jokes

Below are jokes told by celebrities about stage fright and public speaking.

Jerry Seinfeld on Public Speaking:

According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy. ~Jerry Seinfeld

Robert De Niro on Fumbling Actors:

An actor had been out of work for 15 years because he always forgot his lines. Then one day he got a phone call from a director who wanted him for a big part in a play. All he had to say was “Hark! I hear the cannon roar! After much worry the actor decided to take the role. Opening night arrived, and while he waited in the wings, the actor muttered to himself “Hark! I hear the cannon roar! Hark! I hear the cannon roar!" The time for the entrance finally came and as the actor made his appearance, he heard a loud brooooom! He turned around and said, “What the hell was that?” ~Robert De Niro

Funny Puns

Below are a few funny puns about nerves, stage fright, and shyness.

Q: What lies at the bottom of the ocean and shakes a lot?
A: A nervous wreck!

Q: Do you ever get stage fright?
A: No, I'm not afraid of the stage. It's the audience that scares me.

Q: What did the shy pebble say?
A: I wish I was a little boulder.

Silly Quotes

Below is a list of silly quotes about public speaking.

They say people are more afraid of public speaking than they are of snakes. It doesn't seem to make sense. I mean, you don't see someone walking through the desert, suddenly shouting, "Watch out! A podium! ~Unknown

The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public. ~George Jessel

There are two types of speakers: those who are nervous and those who are liars. ~Mark Twain

There are two things that are more difficult than making an after-dinner speech: climbing a wall which is leaning towards you and kissing a girl who is leaning away from you. ~ Winston Churchill

These are just a few funny puns, jokes, and quotes to get you started. In addition to humorous writing about social anxiety, there are also cartoons that capture the sometimes funny side of having social anxiety. Below is a resource if you wish to look up some of these humorous cartoons: Cartoon Stock: Social Anxiety

Memes have even popped up on the Internet about social anxiety! Check out: The Best of Socially Awkward Penguin.

Above all else, humor about social anxiety disorder should take into account the stigma that has been associated with this mental illness. Jokes or cartoons that promote further isolation, misunderstanding, or denigration of those with social anxiety should be avoided.

In the end, you are best suited to create the humor, because poking fun at yourself is always acceptable. Learning to laugh about your situation and the mistakes that you make along the way can also be helpful during treatment such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or medication.

Research on Humor and Social Anxiety

Research has shown a couple of conclusions related to humor and social anxiety:

First, people with social anxiety find semantic cartoons and visual puns funnier than cartoons that involve interpreting other people's mental states. This is likely because it feels threatening for people with social anxiety to figure out a cartoon that involves understanding what another person is thinking. This might apply equally well when a friend is telling a funny story about themselves—you have to put yourself in your friend's shoes, which might feel scary, because you worry what they might be thinking about you.

Second, people with social anxiety will find cartoons and jokes less funny if they identify with the protagonist of the joke, and feel that the individual is a "victim." This means that you are more likely to be able to laugh at jokes that poke fun at your struggles without painting you as a victim—choose jokes that empower you and others, not those that make you feel a loss of control.

A Word From Verywell

What do you think? Do you have any great jokes about shyness, social anxiety disorder, public speaking, stage fright, or other social or performance fears? If so, perhaps you could share them with your family and friends as a way of opening up a discussion about the way you are feeling and how social anxiety has affected your daily life.

As always, if you have severe social anxiety that is interfering with your daily life, be sure to seek professional advice if you have not already done so.

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