Saturday, November 30, 2013

Your brain doesn't help you and it doesn't work against you, unless you "tell" it to. Tell the brain you are thinking more rationally, use self-talk with it, and your brain will help you as long as what you're doing is rational. The brain will help you, and be on your side, if it knows what you are doing.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Don't inhibit yourself. Don't avoid. Open yourself up to other people and the world, step by step.
Avoidance is a recipe for disaster.
Opening yourself up allows you to focus on others and stay out of your head.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Focus externally away from your internal thoughts. Focus on other people, what they are saying, what's going on around you, or on the book you're reading. Do not go into your head. Focus outwardly. Focus externally.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Relax, loosen up your muscles, calm yourself down, and clear out your mind so that you can think rationally.

Americans: Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Acceptance of yourself allows you to stop comparing yourself to others and beat yourself up. Acceptance allows you to focus on what you need to do to get better.

Monday, November 25, 2013

The negative emotions we have buried inside, caused by social anxiety, should be let go, set free, released for your own good. Calmness and peacefulness help us overcome social anxiety.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Act on the world. Don't be passive. Take the initiative and do what you can reasonably do. Avoid avoidance.

Friday, November 22, 2013

The brain doesn't automatically help or hinder the development of social anxiety. It goes along with what's happening, unless you take charge and start telling it (self-talk) what is rational and true. Then, your own brain will make what you expect to happen, happen.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

You can do cognitive therapy from home. No need to stay stuck in social anxiety for the rest of your life.  Thousands of other people have learned to overcome social anxiety.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We should consider a number of different positive perspectives. Some may help us in overcoming social anxiety.

Monday, November 18, 2013

When your thoughts go negative, there are a lot of active things to do. Overthinking is a curse. Don't let it crush you.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Surprise! After all the frustration and depression that doctors and therapists who don't understand social anxiety cause, you can get over social anxiety disorder without them. (If you are working with someone who really knows how to help you, stay with that person and that group.)
We are told repeatedly that the cognitive audio series helps significantly more than appointments with therapists who don't understand social anxiety and how to treat it. We have an excellent 15 year track record now of people who've gone through it and have come out much better on the other side. Let me again mention that we are working daily on making this all better -- particularly for the person who does not have access to an active, structured therapy group. It's coming! :D

Saturday, November 16, 2013

You are not stuck in doom and gloom. Open your brain up to thinking differently. There is no need to keep the defensive walls pulled up.  It's possible you've misinterpreted the way people see you and the world around you.  

There is a way to change your thoughts and beliefs.

When your thoughts begin to change, and you act on them, your feelings change, too.

Friday, November 15, 2013

You can't fight fire with fire. Anxiety (a negative emotion) is inflamed by other negative emotions, like anger, aggression, frustration, and depression. Anxiety brings on more anxiety. It is the fighting and battling against it that keeps the fires burning.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Anxiety hates calmness, peace, and relaxation. The positive emotions are antidotes to anxiety, and help you feel better at the same time. Allowing yourself to relax and feel calmness is one powerful step on the road to overcoming social anxiety.  Slow down, take it easy, take one deep breath and relax.   Don't take life so seriously.  Life is not a series of emergencies, it is meant to be enjoyed.  

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Social Anxiety Institute

Social Anxiety Institute

 Rehashing and ruminating about the past does no good. You can't change the past, but you can change the present -- which will have a positive powerful effect on the future.

Stop feeling sorry about yesterday when you can do something about it today.  Overcoming social anxiety is an easy thing to do, it just takes time.  The Social Anxiety Institute provides this help.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

I saw another person last week who had been diagnosed with depression, but really had a full-blown case of social anxiety disorder. He had spent the last five years trying to find out what was wrong with him. Unfortunately, misdigagnosis of social anxiety is still prevalent.

 social anxiety misdiagnosis

Monday, November 11, 2013

Social Anxiety Newsletter for November coming out tomorrow.  Featured will be the ways social anxiety makes you feel, the international therapy group program, and new insurances policies and rules that insure treatment of social anxiety disorder is on par with treatment of medical conditions.   Sign up for the Social Anxiety Newsletter here

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Social Anxiety, Chemical Imbalances, and Neural Pathways in the Brain | Social Anxiety Institute

Social Anxiety, Chemical Imbalances, and Neural Pathways in the Brain | Social Anxiety Institute

the brain, chemical imbalances, neural pathways, and social anxiety disorder
Chemical Imbalances in the brain are caused by/or are the effect of neural pathway systems (neuronal associations in the brain).  When the neural pathways change, so does the chemical imbalance.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy is the only way we can our neural pathway systems.  When we learn to think, act, and believe more rationally, our brain is changing.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

DO I always need other people's approval?   Does everyone have to like me?  Is it rational to believe that everyone must like me?

Friday, November 8, 2013
Overthinking and overanalyzing are social anxiety's biggest curses. Stop the excessive thinking and DO something instead.  Analysis equals paralysis.    You will be stuck in your anxiety forever if you don't stop the excessive thinking and worry.   DO anything else constructive at all to stop your mind from spinning out of control.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Slow yourself down and don't treat everything as an emergency. Maybe by slowing down you can approach the situation with more calmness.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Many places that claim to do cognitive-behavioral therapy do not provide enough strategies and behavioral support to be effective. That's why we call our treatment "comprehensive cognitive-behavioral therapy" and have spelled it out in detail in this article:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It would be nice if we could take a pill or get an injection and have all the cognitive strategies added to our brain at once. But that is not how the human brain works. The brain must learn new information -- and this takes time, because to really learn something well, a lot of repetition is involved. The more you do something, or the more you study something, the better you will become, and the more you will know about that thing.

There is no short-cut to learning (how to overcome social anxiety).

If we are discussing what will WORK in helping us overcome social anxiety, then there is no process other than learning what is rational and then acting on it (thus, CBT).

Monday, November 4, 2013

Take It Slow and Steady | Social Anxiety Institute

Take It Slow and Steady | Social Anxiety Institute

 We all want to overcome social anxiety disorder, but there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to do it.  The best and most effective way is to choose the EASIEST person (or situation) to begin with, and keep doing this until your anxiety about that event is gone.
When you're in a new situation, follow the same procedure.  You will find that you never, ever NEED to take more than "one step" in your movement against social anxiety.  Soon, the level eight or nine anxiety situation will become a level one anxiety situation, so long as you continue on with the therapy.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Procrastination: Wasting Our Time and Increasing Our Anxiety | Social Anxiety Institute

Procrastination: Wasting Our Time and Increasing Our Anxiety | Social Anxiety Institute

Procrastination makes social anxiety worse.  Do what you need to do now and take the pressure and stress off yourself.  Your days will be more productive this way, and you won't have to dwell on nasty, negative thoughts.  Be nice to yourself.  Get up, get active, do what you can by taking one step at a time.