By Jennifer Shannon, LMFT
In an attempt to avoid sounding foolish, people with social anxiety often censor themselves too much, preventing themselves from getting into the flow of a conversation and connecting with others.
Here is an effective experiment to do with self-censoring clients. Engage them in a “small talk” exercise with you, or if you are running a group, with another group member. For the first part of the exercise, give the following instructions:
Think carefully about what you are going to say.