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Monday, November 21, 2016

YOU CAN ONLY GET BETTER
We cross the street every day without thinking we could be hit by a car.  Does that guarantee we can't be a fatality?  Of course not.  Accidents happen all the time.  We've learned to live with these everyday risks not because we've been reassured, but because we simply are habituated to it.  The good news is that if you've overcome fears of these everyday situations--learning to ride a bicycle, learning to swim, etc.--then you WILL also overcome the anxiety that has put your life on hold.  You, and millions of people going through the same thing, can be hopeful of overcoming this problem once and for all!
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

The natural way of overcoming fear
By contrast, we know the more we avoid uncomfortable things, the more we become fearful of them.  In fact, we could make you afraid of something simply by telling you to avoid it, even if you never actually encountered it.  Isn't it surprising how fearful people can be of others who are different from ourselves or who live in other countries, despite never even meeting them?  That's because they grew up being told to avoid certain types of people.  Yet when we are exposed to them long enough, we become more comfortable around them.  In fact people can be quite comfortable with even negative people and negative situations, for better or worse, simply through exposure and familiarity.  As long as they know what they are getting themselves into, good or bad, they're comfortable.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

In fact, it is physiologically impossible to remain fearful of anything with continued exposure to it.  Think of firefighters, police, soldiers, doctors, and pilots.  They weren't born fearless; they slowly became that way by exposure to successive approximations of their occupations.  Sadly, this is true even of people in war torn countries.  We are dumbfounded watching people go to work, school, hairdressers, and weddings while bullets fly over their heads.  They've been exposed enough times to become desensitized to it.

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