Today's Topic: Self-fulfilling prophecies

We all engage in "Self-fulfilling prophecies" --  not by choice but by the way the social anxiety brain warps reality.  It makes it easier to see that we can learn to think rationally and get out of these negative self-fulfilling prophecies, which only make it harder for us if we believe automatic negative thoughts and beliefs (ANTs).

It is a self-fulfilling prophecy when you believe that doing a particular thing (e.g., asking for help from a stranger) is a horrible, anxiety-causing event, and because of what you believe, you make your fear about it stronger.  Fear leads to more fear.  You have predicted you will be anxious, and your belief has made it happen.

None of us want to be stuck in these negative self-fulfilling prophecies.  Learning to become more rational with ourselves is the only way out of the maze.  

You may want to join our Facebook community, as we try to get five important messages out every week.   We are transitioning from this into  a comprehensive social anxiety-only community where you can do the therapy, keep track of where you are, ask any and all questions, chat with proactive  strangers, and have moderators who have overcome social anxiety themselves. 

We hope to be finished with the initial community site by early 2014.  We appreciate the support and good wishes we receive throughout the world, and it is our only mission to help everyone with social anxiety learn how to overcome it, too.   

Negative self-fulfilling prophecies can be thought through rationally.  You can see the thinking error involved and learn to act and believe rationally.

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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.