By Martin Seif, Ph.D. ABPP
Don’t Plan Your Escape: Planning your escape tends to intensify anxious thoughts and feelings. It projects you out of the present and into the future where you are most subject to catastrophic thoughts and disturbing feelings. Rather than immediately following your impulse to avoid and flee, try instead to remain in contact with what frightens you while practicing your fear management skills. Over time, you will gain confidence in your ability to stay with anxious feelings without the need to escape.
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