Brad is prone to ruminating about his past social interactions days or even weeks afterwards. This habit intensifies his worry that he said something stupid or looked nervous. He worries that he will always feel and act this way which makes him feel depressed, as well as anxious.
Larry Cohen, LICSW, A-CBT;
Cochair and cofounder of NSAC;
Representative of NSAC District of Columbia.
Larry and Brad explore how Brad’s rumination is contributing to his depression and social anxiety, and is counter-productive to his goals. Larry introduces Brad to the strategy of “being a good parent to yourself” to counteract his habit of beating himself up with negative self-talk, and suggests that Brad try this out as homework.
Larry discusses with Brad the progress he has made in practicing the being-a-good-parent-to-yourself strategy. Larry introduces Brad to the “pride and gratitude log”, which is aimed at countering the negative bias experienced by people with social anxiety or depression, and suggests that Brad practice this every day in the coming week.