How to Become a Social Anxiety Fighter - First Steps

If you're like me, you've turned to Google time and time again to answer one specific question... How do I overcome social anxiety?   The search results often give you a list of things you can do to work on your social anxiety.  Some say find a good self-help book or suggests medication and therapy.  Other results say keep exposing yourself to bigger fears over time.  The common thread is that most of the results want you to take some kind of action. But the one thing that seems to…

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Taming the Lion (Our Negative Thoughts)

I still remember the first time I went to the circus.  It was the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Nassau Coliseum. I remember how exciting it was to watch the acrobats and the tight-rope walkers showing off their skills.  I even remember how puzzled my sisters and I were as we watched 25 clowns get out of a miniature Volkswagen Beetle. But, what I remember the most was the lion tamer. Here was this average looking guy, albeit with a strange mustache,…

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Understanding Social Anxiety So You Can Beat It

"I hope I don't embarrass myself tonight," thought Jessica as she took one last look in the mirror to make sure everything was perfect. As soon as that thought crossed Jessica's mind, she had a flashback to the last time she went out with Annie, her best friend.  She was so anxious about being late, she arrived 20 minutes early.  Then, as she stood their waiting on her friend, her internal dialog began... What kind of nerd shows up early?  I should have arrived later like everyone else.  Annie will think I'm a weirdo for showing up…

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