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Day 4. Comfort zone challenge / Social anxiety exposure.

Posted 14th September 2017 at 22:13 by Boy

Main challenge: Compliment 5 people.

Well, I failed.
Very strange. While walking around the town I was realising, that this "before" anxiety, anxiety of expectation, just worrying of thinking about situation before it even happened, wasn't that bad as my first exposures that I did in the past approaching strangers.

Why I couldn't do it then? I was really pondering about it, while walking around the town centre and on the way home. Lying down challenge seemed to be easier to do; this means, that approaching people is a harder task, than doing something stupid in front of people but without bothering them.

I think the worst part was a fear of being judged by others: when I saw a person that I could approach, I was very cautious about other people around, because in my believe they would definitely listen what I say to this one person, will look at me and judge.

After 1 hour of walking, I managed to compliment one person and I finished with this person. Yes, my anxiety wasn't that bad, but it was hard to approach people. Why? Is there something I don't see? Something I don't understand?

I'm not sure. I was positive I would go back tomorrow and do this properly, but unfortunately I need to sit whole day tomorrow and wait for the engineer to come and fix my broadband. So this is really disappointing, as I was looking forward to fix my today's failure. I hope engineer will come early and I will still be able to go outside.
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    For me I think the lying down challenge would be worse, although all of these are pretty challenging.

    I do tend to behave very much within the norms, which is odd for someone who thinks as independently me.

    Well done for your efforts :-)
    Posted 14th September 2017 at 23:13 by Schmosby Schmosby is online now
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    Thanks Schmosby
    I guess it varies among the people, which challenge is easier to do and which is harder.
    Posted 15th September 2017 at 20:06 by Boy Boy is offline

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