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Jae Baeli
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PostSubject: Social Anxiety Ploys   Thu Dec 01, 2011 1:40 pm

Many HSPs have social anxiety. I used to suffer from it myself, and at times, it can still be a problem. I developed a coping skill for this that has served me quite well, and will share it with you.

Since social anxiety is as much about insecurity sometimes as it is about the sensory input, I tackled it at it's core. During those times when i felt particularly insecure i social situation, i played a little mind-game with myself. I pretended I was a well-known and very popular author, and everyone in that room I was in (socially) was there because i was there. They all liked and even adored me. Now, since i don't have a huge ego, this served to make me feel comfortable, rather than full of myself. It also helped alleviate the nerves.

Another tactic I have used to great reward, was to pretend i was on camera--as if it was a reality show and millions of people were watching me. Now, some of you might find this overwhelming, so if it has that affect, of course, don't use it. But for me, it had the effect of making me mindful of what i said and how i behaved, and of course, we all want to make the best impression, so this is motivating in that way to create a persona of calm and confidence, and keep things like anger and frustration at bay.

Hope that helps some of you.

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