When the Rational Becomes Rational

Some rational beliefs may be too hard to believe at this stage in your life.  You cannot FORCE what is rational to become a belief of yours automatically.  However, open your brain up to the idea that MAYBE (just possibly) this belief is true.  It may not be true now, but maybe in another month ... or another year ... it may be true.

Do not close your mind off to things.  Don't say you'll "never" be able to do something, such as speaking in front of 100 people.  Right now, it is rational to say "I can't do that yet".  But it may not be rational to say "I can NEVER do that - I HATE public speaking!"  MAYBE that will be true... but MAYBE your thoughts and beliefs may change in the next twelve months.  

The therapy solution: (It's easy): Just keep your mind OPEN to things by saying "MAYBE or PERHAPS later on I will be able to do that".  Don't close your mind off by saying "never" "can't" or "hate".  Your thoughts should be kept conditional instead. 

Life will change for you if you keep your brain open like I've just explained.  Step by step, little by little, things will add up.

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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.