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How to Face Your Fears

We all have fears that haunt us. Whether it's going to the dentist or speaking in public, you can face your fears and get in control of your life.


  • Step 1: Identify fears Identify your fears and write them down on a piece of paper.
  • Step 2: Evaluate your thinking Change the way you think about a fear by understanding what causes the anxiety. Identify which parts of the fear cause the most to the least anxiety.
  • Step 3: Plan Make a plan for overcoming your fears. Make small, realistic goals.
  • Step 4: Face your fears Confront your fears.
  • TIP: Focus on increasing frequency, intensity, and duration when facing your fears.
  • Step 5: Challenge yourself Confront the fear until you become distressed. Challenge yourself to endure the situation. When it becomes unbearable, separate yourself from the fear.
  • Step 6: Seek help Seek professional help if your fears affect your daily life.
  • Step 7: Be persistent Be persistent. The more you confront them, the easier they will be to handle the next time.
  • FACT: In the United States, approximately 18 million adults have social phobia.

You Will Need

  • Pen and paper
  • Understanding
  • Goals
  • Courage
  • Professional help
  • Persistence

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