We often think that difficulty reading social cues can cause anxiety in social situations, but what if our anxiety is also then impairing our ability to read social cues?
Recent research found that individuals who were "high anxiety" made more mistakes in correctly identifying happy looking groups of people as such in a laboratory setting (versus "low anxiety" people). Those in the "high anxiety" group found the happy looking people as less approachable. Conversely, those in the "high anxiety" group were more accurate in correctly identifying angry looking groups. So, while highly anxious people may safely avoid angry group setting, they may also be avoiding enjoyable social opportunities. To read more, check out the original article in Business Insider