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CBT Techniques for Social Anxiety: Podcast 074

This podcast is the narrated version of my article 3 Loneliness-Busting CBT Techniques for Social Anxiety.

These cognitive behavioural therapy strategies can help clients move past limiting fears and feel more socially comfortable.

In this episode I talk about:

  • The antidote to fear
  • Technique one: Breathe out and count
  • Technique two: Focus away from the inside of your own head
  • Technique three: Catch and challenge cognitive distortions

Or watch this episode of the podcast on video below:


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  2. Boothby, E. J., Cooney, G., Sandstrom, G. M., & Clark, M. S. (2018). The liking gap in conversations: Do people like us more than we think? Psychological Science, 29(11), 1742-1756.
  3. Daly, J. A., Vangelisti, A. L., & Lawrence, S. G. (1989). Self-focused attention and public speaking anxiety. Personality and Individual Differences, 10(8), 903-913.
  4. Denkova, E., Dolcos, S., & Dolcos, F. (2015). Neural correlates of ‘distracting’ from emotion during autobiographical recollection. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10(2), 219-230.
  5. Meuret, A. E., Rosenfield, D., Hofmann, S. G., Suvak, M. K., & Roth, W. T. (2009). Changes in respiration mediate changes in fear of bodily sensations in panic disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 43(6), 634-641.
  6. Meuret, A. E., Rosenfield, D., Wilhelm, F. H., Zhou, E., Conrad, A., Ritz, T., & Roth, W. T. (2011). Do unexpected panic attacks occur spontaneously? Biological Psychiatry, 70(10), 985-991.
  7. Miller, R. S. (1995). On the nature of embarrassability: Shyness, social evaluation, and social skill. Journal of Personality, 63(2), 315-339.
  8. Roebers, C. M., & Schneider, W. (2010). Individual differences in children’s eyewitness recall: The influence of intelligence and shyness. Applied Developmental Science, 5(1), 9-20.
  9. Vlemincxa, E., Taelman, J., Van Diest, I., & Van den Bergh, O. (2010). Take a deep breath: The relief effect of spontaneous and instructed sighs. Physiology & Behavior, 101(1), 67-73.

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Mark Tyrrell

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