The Spotlight Effect….

I have recently had quite a few clients with social anxiety coming to me for treatment with CBT and the spotlight effect is quite often at the core of this type of anxiety…Remember that time you had your hair cut differently? And you thought lots of people were looking at you as you walked down the street? Well they probably weren’t – they would be just thinking about their own stuff…This feeling that everybody is looking at you or judging you is called the spotlight effect and when people have social anxiety they often get depression as well, as it can have knock on effects such as avoidance and fear of going out… One way to deal with the spotlight effect is to imagine you are on a stage with the spotlight on you and then the theatre house lights are switched on and you see that there are lots of other people there on the stage with you too.

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