If you feel the way I feel

How self help sites and therapists seem to expect you to feel when looking for or doing things to fight your anxiety.

How you really feel.

“Oh I must go out and smile at total strangers on the street, engage in witty banter with shop assistants on the weather every single day without sounding mad or boring and approach attractive women and ask them out even though I have not worked in 28 years and make strange squeaking noises when I speak. That’ll cure me!”

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Author: klodo

I am male,English and have had social anxiety since I started school at 5 years of age. I like photography, walking, wildlife, history and moaning.........CONSTANTLY! Oh you must stop being so negative! Shut up!

2 thoughts on “If you feel the way I feel”

  1. Yes. I totally agree. Therapists try but they can never really fundamentally understand the feelings in one’s socially anxious head….Contriving a situation like this would feel intensely uncomfortable for me. I would feel more comfortable trying it in my own way in my own time. Squeaking noises or no squeaking noises.

  2. Every time I go to the supermarket now I think about making small talk and what the hell would I talk about anyway and if it went wrong I would then have to use a different shop miles away. I went yesterday and the woman on the till did not say hello, did not offer me any bags and did not even tell me the price to pay like they normally do. All she said was “there you go!” as she handed me my receipt. She could be the most miserable cashier ever but then my paranoia makes me think she hated me just for being there! Its just strange I get someone like that just when I am thinking about this!

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