Attitudes, Behaviors, and Beliefs That Maintain Social Anxiety

  • Believing your thoughts
  • Fusing thoughts and actions
  • Believing you are not able to handle certain situations
  • Believing you are not able to handle your anxiety
  • Not being aware of thoughts
  • Trying to avoid anxious thoughts or triggering environments
  • Believing that physiological reactions means you are in danger and need to take action to avoid danger
  • In the moment, making the anxiety you feel the main focus rather than the task at hand
  • Hoping anxiety doesn’t happen
  • Doing what the anxiety tells you to do
  • Relying on feelings rather than facts
  • Striving for 100% certainty
  • Believing 100% certainty is obtainable
  • Pretending the anxiety isn’t there
  • Struggling and fighting the anxiety
  • Trying to control anxiety
  • White knuckling it through triggering situations
  • Believing that you are going crazy, losing it, having a mental breakdown
  • Believing your anxiety will go on forever
  • Successfully exposing yourself to a triggering situation, coming out the other end of it, but attributing success to external resources: coping skills, relaxation techniques, your therapist, a friends’ comforting words.
  • Using coping skills or relaxation techniques in attempt to take away anxiety
  • Formulating an escape plan, just in case your anxiety gets too intense
  • Focusing more on what people think of you during a conversation
  • Pursuing perfection
  • Rushing through anxious situations