Social anxiety can make the world, and the people in it, seem mean-spirited, harsh, or even cruel. It’s not exactly news that living with anxiety can warp our perceptions of other people, especially their intentions toward us. For me, I judge others in a very negative light when I’m in the grip of a particularly bad episode of anxiety. I expect the worst from people, and am still often surprised when I don’t actually get it. That’s because most people are significantly nicer than my anxious brain’s perception would have me believe. The good news is, I’m getting better at remembering this while it’s happening.