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Fear of Rejection

Overcoming Social Anxiety

Past President of ABCT, Stefan Hofmann, describes how to tackle social anxiety: "put people in their worst-case scenario, where they are guaranteed to be repeatedly rejected... . “No one is going to fire you or divorce you or arrest you if you do these things,” Hofmann explains. He compares himself to a neurotic movie director who helps script very specific scenarios for patients, getting straight to the core of their greatest social fear. The treatment is dramatically effective: an 80% response rate.

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