The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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Social anxiety is a major concept in today 's teens. With social anxiety being the third largest mental health problem in the U.S., it is no wonder (Richards). Social anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder that causes extreme fear in social settings. People with this disorder struggle with everyday communication, worrying that they are constantly being negatively judged, or that they will embarrass themselves in some way, shape, or form. In The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, we meet Charlie, a freshman who has just lost his best friend, Michael, to suicide, the second highest leading cause of death in teens. The exact cause of social anxiety and suicide is unknown and vary between people, but recent studies have shown that bullying, family conflict and sexual abuse are some of the common causes.
Charlie starts off high school with no friends and at a football game he decides to talk to a random upper class-man that he has in one of his classes. Charlie is a little nervous about doing this, so he goes up to them and talks as if they were old friends then leaves. He proceeds to come back with food to share with them, making them like Charlie right away. Charlie suffers from social anxiety. In this situation he was able to overcome it, but it still took him some work. Throughout the book we see Charlie’s journey to becoming more social. He begins to hang out with Sam and Patrick, the people at the football game, a lot more. They eventually become his best…

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