15 Phrases That Give People Immediate Anxiety

Some of us are more social in nature, and others not so much.

There is something we can all agree on being put on the spot with a question can sometimes be unpleasant. 

For some of us, those questions can instantly give anxiety at just the thought of having to answer. Or perhaps it’s not even the thought of answering it, but what is going to happen in that particular situation?

Recently people shared online things people say that gives them instant anxiety. Here are some of the most popular responses.

15 Phrases That Give People Immediate Anxiety


Someone said, “‘Nope, “honey, can I talk to you a minute” is much worse! When the significant other does that, you know it’s not going to be an “I love you so much” conversation!”

“Can I talk to you for a minute?”

Someone said, “I had a manager who did this a lot – but it was always just to talk smack about other employees or share “top secret” company plans.”


“Close the door behind you and have a seat.”

A user said, “Your strength is being able to identify your weaknesses. Probably not actually a good answer in a job interview, largely depends on the person interviewing, of course. Probably safer to answer with “spreadsheets.”


“What are your strengths and weaknesses?”

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