Acceptance There is an alternative to being guarded.

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The foundation of ACT is learning to accept that anxiety and internal struggle is a part of living fully, and that leading a life guided by personal values and willingness to experience life–as opposed to anxiety-based avoidance and decision making–is ultimately what frees one from the constraints of anxiety.

The researchers found that upon follow up of a 12-week ACT and exposure program, the participants reported increased quality of life, decreased avoidance and reduced anxiety.

Because social anxiety is such a widespread problem, psychologists have worked hard to develop treatments that work.

Four separate meta-analyses have shown Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to be effective in treating SAD.

Because they judge themselves harshly, they assume others do, too.

And it makes them not want to share, be open or be vulnerable.

Dating is typically a situation where people feel scrutinized, have to meet new people, and may fear they’ll do something embarrassing.

In this way, dating only adds fuel to the anxiety fire.

origincode=2018_sciam_Article Promo_Newsletter Sign Up"name="article Body" itemprop="article Body"Anxiety disorders are the most common psychological disorder in the US, affecting 18 percent of the adult population.