Social Phobia Statements

by M.C.

These are statements that helped me make progress against my social phobia.....

It doesn't matter what other people think about me.

I don't need anyone else's approval of anything I say or do.

There will almost always be people out there who don't like me.

This is totally normal.

I don't need to be everyone's friend, or try to please other people so they will like me.

I just need to be myself -- and if people don't like me for it, tough luck!

It’s O.K. I don't care. They really aren't worth knowing anyway.


I no longer want to feel ashamed about how I have reacted to situations in the past.

I've had some very painful experiences in my life, some as a result of social phobia and some not.

The memories of these experiences no longer have the power to hurt me as they once did.

I can benefit from these experiences, because now I can look back at them like old photographs.

I will use them to learn and grow. I have become a better and stronger person because of these experiences.


Even though I'm going through therapy right now, I need to realize that there will still be times when I'm going to feel anxious.

Just because I'm feeling anxious doesn't mean I've messed up or failed in any way.

I need to have patience with myself and continue to practice what I'm learning in therapy.

Many wonderful changes have already occurred in me.

I'm getting better and stronger everyday.

Links to other Sites on Social Phobia

What is Social Phobia?

A good article that explains social phobia well

Books about Social Phobia

The books on this page are reviewed

Social Phobia FAQ File

Good question and answer list about social phobia

John Hopkins University Anxiety Disorders Information

from Baltimore, Maryland

The Anxiety Network

This is a large site with many articles on social phobia

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association

This is a non-profit organization that furthers education on social phobia

Intensive Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program for Overcoming Social Phobia

A 4 week program of cognitive-behavioral therapy

National Institutes of Mental Health Social Phobia Page

from December 1997 bulletin

Anxiety and Social Phobia

"Social Phobia Treatments May Also Work for Problem Shyness"

An article from the American Psychological Association

The Nature of Social Anxiety

A good article from a psychologist in British Columbia

West Virginia University Social Phobia Information

Join the Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association

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