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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

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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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

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On Parenting a Child with Anxiety

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  I sometimes get questions from people asking about identifying and treating anxiety in children, in particular social anxiety in children. “What do I do as a parent or teacher? How do I recognize social anxiety disorder in my child?” The short answer is a) be patient and supportive, b) listen to your child, a lot, and c) notice what they do, what their... View Article

Common Mistakes with Self-Evaluations & New Year’s Resolutions

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  This post is part two of a three-part series.  Be sure to read part one on Setting an Effective New Year’s Resolution & Proper End-of-Year Self-Evaluation.   There is a great deal of variation in the accuracy of our end-of-year self-evaluations, which can strongly impact the success of our New Year’s resolutions.  Research suggests that many of us are prone... View Article

Setting an Effective New Year’s Resolution & Proper End-of-Year Self-Evaluation

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  New Years resolutions can be beneficial for people looking to improve their lives in 2014, but an effective New Year’s resolution requires more consideration than we often intentionally dedicate to the task. In order to choose a New Year’s resolution that is realistic and achievable, I recommend starting with a good end-of-year self-evaluation.   As we’ve seen before, An end-of-year... View Article