Improving Our Self-Talk

While someone else may have started our automatic negative thinking, it is now a part of us and we are the only ones who can do anything about it.  Now that these belief systems are part of our daily thinking process, do you realize that you are recycling irrational things about yourself over and over and over again?  Then, are you surprised when we "believe" these things even more strongly?  Our self-talk needs to change.  You can't get better if you keep putting yourself down and telling yourself you can't do things.

Why should you let your own thoughts hurt you?  Why do continue to recycle these negative beliefs about yourself when they aren't even true?  Anxiety causes us to not recognize the things we do every day that keep us stuck in anxiety.  Realizing what is really happening is a necessary part of getting better.

Why should any of us be hurting ourselves?  There's reasons why we have social anxiety and there are reasons why we get stuck in it.  Getting out of it and over it involves doing therapy that allows us to see things rationally.  Why should I be hurting myself anyway? 

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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.