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Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety Help with the Thrive Programme

Social Anxiety is the Fear and Anxiety that you ‘experience’ when you believe that people (the social group in your environment) are making a negative judgement about you for some action or behaviour that they have witnessed you carrying out.

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It is the MOST COMMON Anxiety Disorder experienced by people, and although most sufferers recognise that it is irrational and disproportionate to the given situation, it tends to be quite difficult to overcome by will power alone!

It generally develops in the earlier stages in a persons life with research showing that 50% of all sufferers have the condition by just 11 years of age, and 80% of sufferers developing it by the age of 20.

Social Anxiety Disorder is known by a number of different names including:

  • Social Phobia
  • Social Anxiety
  • S.A.D. (not to be confused with ‘seasonal affective disorder’)
  • Fear of Being Judged

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

The most frequent symptoms of social anxiety are:

  • Feeling like you are constantly being evaluated by others
  • Always sticking to the ‘rules’
  • Feeling awkward in social situations
  • Frequently blushing
  • Stuttering when under pressure (often self-imposed pressure)
  • Having Low Self Esteem
  • Avoiding eye-to-eye contact
  • Worried by Authority figures
  • Fearing Criticism
  • Frequently Feelings of Panic

Treating Social Anxiety

Although Social Anxiety can feel as though it is a “fixed” and “unchangeable” part of you as a person, this is not accurate – Social Anxiety is created by your “limiting belief systems” that have become an automatic, or habitual method of thinking for you.

The Anxious feelings that you experience are definitely real, but the cause of those feelings is actually your “thinking” and not the judgemental thoughts of other people. (For this to be true you would have to be able to read the minds of those people and as far as we know, this is not actually possible!)

However, as Social Anxiety is a “thinking style” that you have created for your “protection” (also called a “safety behaviour”) you can learn the techniques that will “un-create” it too!

This is where the Thrive Programme is particularly effective.

Social Anxiety is a ‘Core’ Limiting Belief

Research carried out during the development of the Thrive Programme has highlighted that there are THREE principal, or ‘core’ Limiting Beliefs that have the most dramatic effect on how a person experiences the ‘external’ world.

These core limiting beliefs are:

  1. How much ‘power’ (or influence) we have over the course of our lives – known as the ‘Locus of Control‘.
  2. How we think and feel about ourselves what is also known as ‘Self-esteem‘.
  3. How we feel and think about social situations, or ‘Social Pressure‘.

Much of the work that we do with our clients is focused on understanding and modifying these core beliefs.

The Thrive Programme for Social Anxiety

The Thrive Programme is unsurpassed at helping people with ‘problems’ identify and then change their limiting belief systems.

This multi-session course utilises the very latest findings in cognitive psychology and neuroscience research to help a person to understand how a limiting belief may be formed in the first place, through either ‘learned social behaviours’ or by the accumulation of ‘evidence’ based experiences that provide the robust foundations of those belief systems.

Remarkably, it turns out that what we consider to be the ‘truth’ about the ‘way the world works’ amounts to nothing more than what we ‘believe’ to be true rather than what actually is!

The Thrive Programme for Social Anxiety will help you to gain a greater level of understanding behind the limiting beliefs that may be inadvertently making the problem worse, and teaches you a range of tools, techniques and coping mechanisms to help you get back on with your life.

A Free Consultation with Paul

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In all the years that I have been helping people to overcome problems such as social anxiety I have never found a more effective ‘method’ of achieving this than the Thrive Programme.

Why not get in touch and arrange to come along to my office for a completely free chat about how Thrive could help YOU to change YOUR life.

NO HIGH PRESSURE TACTICS – NO OBLIGATION – It might be the best decision you ever made!

Call: 07434 776125 to arrange your FREE Consultation or click onto the ‘get in touch’ button below.

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