Don't Fear Mistakes

Sometimes we forget that, as human beings, we ALL make mistakes.  We also think that making mistakes is terrible, awful, and will bring negative attention to us.  This is simply not true.  People are not judgmental of mistakes, since they make mistakes all the time, too.  If you are alive and have a life, you're going to make mistakes.  That's how life itself works.

Don't be ashamed or embarrassed by your mistakes.  Be happy you took the step and made a mistake.  It means you are being proactive, and doing your best to actually LIVE life. And voila!  You LEARN something from each and every mistake you make, thus giving you the right answer and keeping you on track for overcoming social anxiety!

Mistakes are wonderful.  You get a chance to change them, and the learning that occurs propels your life forward.  There is NO rational reason to fear making mistakes.

You will be OK.  You will survive.  It is something you'll be able to laugh about in the future!

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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.