Anxiety

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The Reassurance Seeking / Anxiety Trap

September 1, 2010 | 0 Comments

Reassurance seeking is a common pattern in clients with high worry (e.g. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Attachment/Relationship anxiety) The “Reassurance Seeking / Anxiety Trap” is that reassurance often works in the short term but...

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Some days, everything is going well and I think I’m a great psychology PhD. Some days I think I am indeed awesome, lol. But, there are moments when it pops into my head that “I’m...

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One of the most stress-reducing and time-saving things I’ve done in the last year has been to stick up a plastic 3M hook that I hang my keys on when I walk in the front...

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Here are 3 cycles I frequently see in people who are having relationships problems. These particularly commonly occur when one or both partners has low self esteem. Person feels frustrated > Person acts out in...

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Are there things YOU think would/might be helpful to you if you did them, but for some reason you feel resistant to trying your idea? It could be anything but examples include: – devising a...

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How you talk about the things you feel negative emotions about can have a surprisingly large impact on how you feel and on your thought processes. When I say “how you talk about things” this...

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Social Anxiety Quick Tip

August 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

If you’re socially anxious, remember when you’re having a conversation with someone that your conversation partner has 50% of the responsibility for the conversation going well. Its common for people with social anxiety to assume...

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Lots of people don’t do things they’d like to do for fear of rejection and the corresponding disappointment. If this is you, then you can break this pattern of avoidance by practicing exposing yourself to...

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Worry

August 15, 2010 | 0 Comments

Often, the “solutions” we use to try to feel happier are actually part of the problem. Here’s an example of how the solutions we use to deal with worry are part of the problem of...

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One of the super cool concepts from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is about being “willing” to feel whatever you are feeling right now. This might mean being willing to feel, for example: – panicky...

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