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More Celebrities with Social Anxiety

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  One of the most important things to hear when we suffer from something painful like social anxiety is “me too.” Just knowing that someone else can relate to our feelings and our experience is immensely reassuring. So it’s sometimes helpful to point to others in the public eye who have experienced social anxiety as well.  Our original list of... View Article

5 Ways to Fight Inaccurate Thinking in Social Anxiety

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Much of social anxiety rests on negative thought patterns: Everybody is staring at me. Nobody thinks I’m funny. My boss thinks I’m stupid. These negative thoughts are typically provoked by a trigger of some kind: a sideways glance, distracted friends, a boss having a bad day. One of the most helpful ways to overcome social anxiety is to challenge these... View Article

5 Mistakes We Make When Battling Social Anxiety

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  1)  Listening to our social anxiety We are trained to listen to our bodies and our emotions, but social anxiety is a poor guide. When we listen to the demands made by our social anxiety — escape, avoid, leave! — we may experience temporary relief, but those actions ultimately keep us stuck. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one helpful way to inspect the... View Article

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Social Anxiety Symptoms

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  Almost everyone feels at least a bit of anxiety before speaking in front of a crowd or has some degree of nerves in unfamiliar social settings. The socially anxious person, however, has a debilitating level of anxiety, which interferes with their everyday functioning and causes them to modify their daily routine so as to avoid the stress of even... View Article

Measuring Social Anxiety: Social Anxiety Tests, Scales & Inventories

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  1. Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is a short questionnaire used to measure how social anxiety plays a role in different life situations. This social anxiety test was developed in 1987 by Dr. Michael R. Liebowitz, a psychiatrist and researcher at Columbia University. Studies have shown the LSAS to be a cost-effective and... View Article

Why Online CBT Works for Social Anxiety

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  Offering online, or web-based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a tool to treat social anxiety seems a bit oxymoronic. Isn’t it counterproductive to use a tool that allows a person to avoid social interaction to battle anxiety about social interaction?!   On the face of it, yes, it seems crazy. But the research shows again and again that web-based Cognitive Behavioral... View Article

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Top 10 Feelings Associated with Social Anxiety

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    I’ve informally tracked some of the feelings that accompany social anxiety, as shared with me by people who have experienced them.  It is so much more than apprehension and nervousness, which I did not put on the list because they are so obvious. For many people, social anxiety is the fear AND the regret of imperfections AND the... View Article

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Dating and Social Anxiety

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  Valentine’s Day is our annual reminder of the deep conflict between social anxiety and this very public date night. The pressure to express our feelings for that someone special out in public and the angst associated with that expression can lead to a great deal of stress for some with social anxiety on Valentine’s Day. But with a few... View Article