Avoid Repeating the Past

Doing the exact same thing over and over again, which leads to more anxiety, is not a rational way to proceed.  This saying has been attributed to many people, especially to Albert Einstein.  It is very appropriate for overcoming social anxiety.  Many people do the same things over and over again...and hope for a different result, intent on "getting over" their anxiety.

Rationally, this can't work.  If we do the same things over and over, we will get the same exact results (anxiety).  The solution is a paradox -- it's counterintuitive -- we must do something entirely different.

Every solution to overcoming social anxiety is paradoxical or counterintuitive.  Here at SAI, we gently move against our anxiety symptoms step by step.  The honest truth is that we have never had anyone with social anxiety not get better permanently...if they follow our structured CBT program.

Sometimes an understanding of proper therapy techniques is really what’s lacking. Therapists or group leaders must understand how to help people get through these paradoxical and counterintuitive strategies...by doing it systematically and successfully.   We are only looking for a PERMANENT change, not a temporary fix.    

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The Social Anxiety Association

The Social Anxiety Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to meet the growing needs of people with social anxiety.  The SAA became inactive for several years due to lack of resources.  We are in the process of re-doing our website, listing all active, structured CBT groups for social anxiety, and renewing all our licenses.  Major changes will be happening by the end of 2013.  We publish new web content -- concerning social anxiety -- almost daily on the site now.

The Social Anxiety Institute is the largest website on the internet about social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Therapy programs have run at the Institute full-time since 1994.  Major new help for overcoming social anxiety is under development and will be introduced in 2013. 

For treatment: Overcoming social anxiety: Step by Step   A structured guide to overcoming social anxiety (a "How to" guide to get over social anxiety).

The Anxiety Network explains and describes five major anxiety disorders.

Guidelines for listing social anxiety groups on this site.  We cannot officially endorse groups, so check them out thoroughly.  We ask that they be groups that are operating, have a definite leader, and are thoroughly structured.  Social anxiety therapy groups are very different than the groups that operate for other mental health conditions.