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Arlin Cuncic

Goal Setting and Social Anxiety Disorder

By December 29, 2012

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It's that time of year again... the new year is right around the corner. That means it is time for New Year's resolutions and goal setting. Last year at this time I made a list of professional goals that I wanted to achieve in 2012. How about you? Are you going to set goals for 2013?

If one of your goals is to work on your social anxiety, I came across a handy little website that you might find useful.

It is called "Psychology Tools," and includes a variety of free downloadable resources for a myriad of psychological disorders including social anxiety disorder (SAD).

Here is just a sampling of what you will find on the website:

  • Social anxiety assessments
  • Treatment manuals
  • Research studies
  • Information sheets
  • Worksheets
  • Self-help programs

Whether you are looking for self-help tools to work on social anxiety on your own, currently receiving therapy and looking for additional resources, or you are a professional looking to share your own worksheets, I think you will find "Psychology Tools" to be a valuable resource.

Back to goal setting; how do we set S.M.A.R.T. goals?

S.M.A.R.T. stands for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

For example, last January 1st, I set a goal to grow the readership of my social anxiety Facebook page to 1500 followers. The goal was specific (1500 followers), measurable (whether or not I met the target), attainable (If I work harder to engage the audience my followers will grow), realistic (other Facebook pages have many more followers than this) and timely (My goal was to be reached by December 31st, 2012).

Although I will not meet my goal of 1500 followers by the end of this year (I am hovering close to 900), it gives you an idea of what a goal setting exercise looks like.

In terms of your social anxiety, perhaps you might set a goal to complete a self-help program by December 31st, 2013. You might even use the resources found on the website mentioned above!

How about you? What goals will you set for 2013 related to your social anxiety?

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