Speaking up in a classroom and other group settings causes Justin intense anxiety. He feels like people are staring at him, which makes him self-conscious and uncomfortable with the way he looks and sounds. As he becomes nervous, he begins to worry about looking nervous, leading to a vicious cycle of increasing anxiety.
Larry Cohen, LICSW, A-CBT;
Cochair and cofounder of NSAC;
Representative of NSAC District of Columbia.
Larry and Justin discuss how Justin’s focus on himself in social situations is adding to his anxiety Larry suggests that, for homework, Justin practice external mindfulness through curiosity training during conversations in the coming week.
Larry and Justin discuss his progress in practicing external mindfulness. They then plan an experiment for Justin to conduct in order to test his hot thoughts and predictions that are making him socially anxious.
Larry and Justin discuss what he has learned through his experiment last week. Larry gives Justin suggestions on additional situations to continue testing his anxious hot thought and predictions through experiments.