Social phobia: Effects of external attention on anxiety, negative beliefs, and perspective taking

@inproceedings{Wells1998SocialPE,
  title={Social phobia: Effects of external attention on anxiety, negative beliefs, and perspective taking},
  author={Adrian Wells and Costas Papageorgiou},
  year={1998}
}
When entering anxiety-provoking social situations, individuals with social phobia tend to shift attention inward, toward the self. This tendency is likely to diminish the potential for exposure to correct negative beliefs and associated anxiety. The present study tested the hypothesis that by shifting to an external attention focus on disconfirmatory information, the effectiveness of brief exposure is increased. This hypothesis was tested in a single-case series of 8 socially phobic patients… CONTINUE READING

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