I am having trouble relating to this lesson so far. I acknowledge it could be because I am new to the material, and the thoughts are so automatic they are hard to observe. But my first reaction is this...
The situations when my social anxiety is at it's worst, I don't have thoughts, so much as feelings. I get the physical symptoms like tight stomach, shaky hands and racy heart and most of the time I freeze.
There are not thoughts going through my head, I do not here the voice telling me all the reasons to be afraid, or what can possible go wrong. I simply feel the uneasy feeling and freeze. It's a feeling of uneasiness, danger, a sense that it is not safe to continue that way.
Can anyone relate?
I feel like if I tried to give these feelings a voice, and try to explain why I am having these feelings, the ANT's would appear, but I would have to dig for them, I would have to pull them out.
Should this be part of the therapy?