Understanding Social Anxiety and Shyness

Management and treatment of social anxiety

The main strategy used in treating social anxiety is to break the cycles that maintain it: to interrupt them, and change the patterns that keep them going. There are four main methods of breaking these cycles:

  • changing thinking patterns
  • doing things differently
  • reducing self-consciousness
  • building up confidence.

The combination of socially anxious patterns of thinking, safety behaviours, self-consciousness and lack of confidence gets in the way of being yourself, socially. These are the things that need to change.


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