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negative self image crippling me.
October 3, 2003
2:15 am
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cliff
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I am a 35 years old man with an extremely
negative self image.

I fear socialising and interacting with
people.

I experience uncontrollable muscular trembling, pounding and rapid heartbits and
a feeling self disgust for this behaviuor.
Please help.

October 3, 2003
10:16 am
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mj
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Hi Cliff,
It helps to get it out doesn't it.
You are not alone in your feelings and physical responses to your fears.

Your awareness of your fear of socializing is the first step in changing the thoughts you are thinking. Practice telling yourself a different message...maybe like, I am afraid but I want to change this so I am going to ignore that my body is trembling because I want to be able to interact.

I use to be a photographer. I feared taking photos at events because everyone would be looking at me. I would wear heavy cloths so they couldn't see me perspire from my nervousness. A friend told me to picture myself as an observer from outer space and just get into the moment and forget about what others were thinking and just do it. I did. It helped me realize that I could do it and it became easier each time for me.

I heard that 65% of the people in a survey were more afraid of public speaking than of the 10% who were afraid of dying. So you are in good company. This is a safe place to practice building up your people skills. Welcome 🙂

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