I am about 5 weeks in on the book and tapes, and I have been working on my readings and techniques every day. I'm not into exposure yet but I got an invite and I didn't want to turn it down. I've avoided fun, casual social interactions for awhile. BUT I know that these are good, friendly people that I know, and have met before. I am going to just be myself, give myself time and use slow talk. I will know that I can probably expect to feel some anxiety, but I can just relax my body and slow my thoughts and speech, and eventually the anxiety will pass. I can refuse to listen to the ANTs. If I do this and stay in the situation without holding myself to any performance expectations, I know that I can handle this. I've decided to be proud of myself for going no matter what, even if I get anxious, because it's still a little high-level for me. Whatever happens I will NOT beat myself up, because I know I am working on a change and that is enough. It will get better.