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This one is really top priority because I really want to get out and meet new friends and try new activities but am being blocked by a lifelong social phobia. It started when I was in elementary school when I had a teacher and teachers aide who always spoke sternly and reacted in an unfirendly manner whenever I approached them. This really traumatized me and left me with the impression that all people were like that. The result was a persistent and burning fear of getting an angry or unfriendly response from a stranger when I first meet him or her which triggers immense anxiety until he or she proves him or herself to be friendly, then once I get to know the person and see him or her more often then I completely warm up to him/her. Because of that I was extremely shy growing up and had few friends from avoiding other children due to extreme fear. It used to be so bad when I was younger that I would refuse to go to school because I was so scared of everyone. But thankfully it's not so bad now thanks to a new medication that I'm on but still I get uncomfortable around new friends because of that fear of rejection or unfriendly response. How can I get rid of that image and say goodby to that fear for good and finally put my social anxiety to rest so that I can finally go outa and live my life for a change?
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Thursday, July 19 2012, 11:39 AM
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    Friday, July 20 2012, 04:57 PM - #permalink
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    I was shown a quick shot of an Hypnotist. I would take that as looking into hypnotherapy as this may be where you can overcome this phobia you have.

    All the best to you.
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    Friday, July 20 2012, 05:48 PM - #permalink
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    Sounds like a good suggestion Angelique but I will need to go about it in a way in which I can keep it hidden from my mother because she is one of those bible believing Christians who consders hypnotism to be demonic. However, I do not agree with her viewpoints but do not wish to upset or anger her for I love her very much. Gimel what is your take on this and what is your suggestion on what I should do?
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    Friday, July 20 2012, 07:17 PM - #permalink
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    Social Anxiety and Social Phobia's are more common than you think, as a child I was also VERY shy. As a result was also selectively mute, thank goodness I'm not anymore ;)

    There are plenty of resources out there for those suffering from social phobia's/disorders. I would recommend signing up on a forum and relating you're experiences, it can really help to ease off those feelings of dread and fear relating to you’re social phobia.

    Good luck and God Bless :)
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    Friday, July 20 2012, 07:19 PM - #permalink
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    I have also heard of some individuals who carry on fears/phobias from past lives. This is not so much an excuse but just an idea, I think dealing with these feelings of fear will ease you're discomfort around other people.

    I hope everything turns out well for you.
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