Social Anxiety

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The Benefits of Non-Avoidant Coping Diary

March 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is a followup for people who have already done the Costs of Avoidance worksheet, and Avoidance and Suffering Diary, as outlined in the previous post here. If you’re a newer reader, you can easily...

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“Worst, Best, Most Realistic” is one of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques I often practice with clients. This Cognitive Behavioral Therapy technique is very versatile and simple. It can be used for a huge variety...

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In my last blog post, I wrote about why negative emotions affect thoughts. Here’s another thinking distortion that leads to irritability. Personalizing This cognitive bias is not necessarily relevant to you but it might be....

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Let’s think about your inner caveperson. The evolutionary purpose of negative emotions (i.e. why we have them – just like we have evolved opposable thumbs for a purpose) is mainly that they are a signaling...

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Do you have stressful interpersonal situations that recur and leave you feeling overwhelmed or attacked? You might need to do some “top of the cliff” problem solving. Here’s an example. You’re a lawyer and people...

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Something I’ve learned as a therapist is that people keep a heck of a lot of their best qualities hidden inside rather than expressing those qualities so other people can see them. Because people are...

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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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If you are depressed or anxious (especially if you are socially anxious) try to catch yourself guessing – that someone doesn’t particularly like you, or is having negative thoughts about you – that someone is...

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DIY Psychological Challenge My DIY psychological challenge to you for this week is to ask someone (outside your family) to do something where you expect the answer will be “No”. Why Does Being Told “No”...

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This post is for people who read or subscribe to my blog who might not have read all of the rest of my website (the blog is only part of the overall site – it’s...

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