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Old 02-01-2018, 04:24 PM   #1
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I feel like my social anxiety waxes and wanes. Sometimes I can go in some stores and sometimes I cannot go into any. I got gift certificates as a bonus from work for shops in the small town were I work. These aren't places that have online versions, unfortunately. I don't even think I can walk downtown to see what the shops are and cannot imagine going into one. On one hand my t was saying we could practice how to respond to a salesperson when they ask that dreaded question, 'can I help you?'. But she also said that I could use the gift certificates as copay for her. I want to use the money to buy something nice for me but I get anxious just sitting here, 35 miles from town, thinking about the possibility of entering a store. I don't know why I am writing this! Anyhow, ...
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Hi malika138 I have this huge phobia about entering into shops etc. I get anxious and worried and just reading your posting is triggering my anxiety lol. I shop online most of all or go with someone to the shops if I have no choice and find that helps alot.

Do you have a friend/family member who would go with you? That is the only way you would see me any of these establishments.
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I'm sorry you're struggling with this. Here is a link to an article from PsychCentral's archives written by our host, Dr. John Grohol, on the subject of overcoming fears, phobias & panic attacks. Perhaps something in Dr. Grohol's article will be of some help:

And also, here are links to 2 other articles from PC's archives on the subject:

"Confess your hidden faults. Approach what you find repulsive. Help those you think you cannot help. Anything you are attached to, let it go. Go to places that scare you." (Advice, from her teacher, to the Tibetan yogini, Machig Labdrön)

"In other traditions demons are expelled externally. But in my tradition demons are accepted with compassion." Machig Labdrön, Tibet, 11th Century
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