When you walk into a party full of strangers, address an audience of your peers or trip over a curb in front of onlookers, you probably feel a little (or a lot) self-conscious. Some people can laugh off a potential faux paus, while others may dwell on it for days -- or even years. How self-conscious do you feel -- and what's normal? Consider the scenarios that make up the first five questions of this quiz and see how you score. Then test your knowledge and learn how to combat self-consciousness with the next 15 questions.
Question 1 of 20
You're single and chatting with a group of coworkers at lunch when one of them asks why you've never been married. What do you do?
Question 2 of 20
You're dining in an expensive restaurant and return from the restroom, getting all the way back to your table before you realize that there's a piece of toilet paper stuck to the bottom of your shoe. You:
Question 3 of 20
You're attending a stand-up comedy event with friends, but when the comedian begins to make fun of your shirt, you:
Question 4 of 20
You've spent weeks preparing a presentation for a new client but just before it's time to begin, you can't remember your opening lines. You:
Question 5 of 20
You've arrived at the beach with friends, but when it's time to get in the water, you're suddenly panicked about revealing how you look in your swimsuit. You:
Question 6 of 20
True or false: Being self-conscious is always a negative thing.
Question 7 of 20
How can being self-conscious help you be a better listener?
Question 8 of 20
When you feel self-conscious, your focus is on what?
Question 9 of 20
What physical reaction goes hand in hand with feeling self-conscious?
Question 10 of 20
Which of the following behaviors could help you ease your self-consciousness?
Question 11 of 20
Which emotions are part and parcel of being self-conscious?
Question 12 of 20
What role do other people play when someone feels self-conscious?
Question 13 of 20
Which of the following is often the first step in combating self-consciousness?
Question 14 of 20
How can cognitive-behavioral therapy help ease self-consciousness?
Question 15 of 20
Which of the following is a behavioral symptom of feeling self-conscious?
Question 16 of 20
What is one way to help combat extreme self-consciousness?
Question 17 of 20
If you feel self-conscious in social situations, what should you do?
Question 18 of 20
What should you avoid eating or drinking if you typically feel self-conscious?
Question 19 of 20
How can an adequate night's sleep help combat self-consciousness?
Question 20 of 20