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I want Dr. Paige to answer this please.
1. I have a hard time making eye contact with people when they talk to me. I can make eye contact when it's their turn to speak, but not when I am speaking.
2. I have a hard time expressing myself to people face-to-face who send me negative vibes. I am able to express myself well with people who I feel comfortable with (the eye contact is still a problem though).
3. These don't happen when I am discussing professional work. I make decent presentations and communicate well. Just when it comes to personal conversations this happens to me.
So I want to understand the reasons behind 1, 2 and 3. And I want to know how to improve upon these. I seem to prefer email communication. I can think about things beforehand and craft my responses accordingly. But email is not an option all the time, and I want to learn how to respond well in the moment and effectively.
Can you explain a bit more on having self-esteem issues?
Also, what does it really mean if I can communicate via email but not in person so well?