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Anxiety, Social Anxiety & the End-of-Year Review

December 16, 2013 8:49 am Published by 1 Comment

  Is it healthy for people who suffer from Anxiety and Social Anxiety to participate in the end-of-year reminiscing that is so popular in our society? Every holiday season, it seems, is filled with “Year-in-review” commentaries highlighting the previous twelve months. We have reviews of news items, politics, fashion, hairdos, movies, photos, games, TV shows, meals, and pretty much any... View Article


Dealing with Social Anxiety: Holidays, Birthdays & Social Gatherings [video]

December 13, 2013 2:50 pm Published by 1 Comment

  I received such a positive response to my  Five Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety During the Holidays, that I decided to get on video to elaborate on some of my most effective quick tips for social anxiety sufferers. Watch the video below for tips on dealing with social anxiety during holidays, birthdays, and other social gatherings. For more... View Article


Research on Social Anxiety and the Effectiveness of CBT

December 6, 2013 11:33 pm Published by 7 Comments

  Two questions that people often ask me relate to my use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for social anxiety and the effectiveness of its use online. The research on social anxiety and CBT is pretty clear: dozens of gold-standard trials demonstrate that sufferers experience reduced anxiety and improved lives through the principles of CBT.  I have continued to use CBT for... View Article


Five Tips for Dealing with Social Anxiety During the Holidays

November 20, 2013 10:57 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  The holiday season can be both a blessing and a curse, especially the latter for those suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder. I am brought to tears by the stories my patients have shared with me, stories about being the only one missing at family gatherings, missed opportunities with a loved one before they passed, and the myriad consequences people experience by avoiding the holiday... View Article


What’s the worst that could happen?

October 29, 2013 7:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  One of the most common misconceptions needing clarification in CBT is the belief that challenging one’s thoughts –we call it “Thought Inspection” at Learn To Live—is the same as “Positive Thinking.” The two are very different.   Every day I work with people who have no interest in pretending that the world is perfect, that everything is great. They... View Article


On the Difference Between Introversion and Social Anxiety

October 2, 2013 11:26 pm Published by 1 Comment

  If you’ve been reading past blog entries, you know that I have touched on the distinction between problematic social anxiety and introversion before. The difference between the two is subtle but important. Sometimes people assume that social anxiety is simply another word for shyness. But they are, in fact, two very different concepts and it’s important to understand that... View Article


Of Veggies and CBT

September 19, 2013 8:33 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  We psychologists, and our cousins in related disciplines, are notorious for creating terms that we enjoy but that others struggle to comprehend. One such term is locus of control. It refers to a source of power or influence or, rather, where we perceive the power or influence to be. On a regular bicycle, for example, the locus of control is within... View Article


A Little Backstory on Learn to Live CBT….

September 12, 2013 10:47 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  I am occasionally asked why I would attempt a new project in online CBT, Learn to Live, on top of my already busy professional practice. It’s a good question. The short answer is simple:  because I am deeply concerned about people struggling unnecessarily. The longer version has to do with wait lists, crowded schedules, proven methods, and an uptick... View Article


Of Resolutions and TeamMates

September 10, 2013 2:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

  A friend of mine makes a resolution every year at about this time. He’s a bit countercultural and so prefers the new school year to the New Year. His newest determined action got me thinking about our resolve as people, in general. Do you remember your most recent resolution? Did you finish the last self-help book you started? Did... View Article


dealing with anxiety, a crowd at a concert

Even Crowd-Pleasers Get Scared

September 3, 2013 7:37 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  When I was a kid, my siblings and I watched a lot of TV, probably too much. Before video killed the radio star, we watched pop bands perform on a show called American Bandstand and others like it (Does Solid Gold ring a bell for anyone?). One of the bands we saw several times was a group of brothers... View Article