Attention training social anxiety worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Attention training social anxiety worksheet?

People with social anxiety disorder have a tendency to focus their attention on their internal experience during a social situation. As a result, they are overwhelmed with negative thoughts. This prevents them from working towards their goal of socializing. Attention training provides distraction from these thoughts and helps socially anxious individuals to be mindful.

How will the worksheet help?    

This worksheet will help clients in dealing with distracting negative thoughts they have during a social situation that stops them from socializing. Mastering shifting their attention will give them a sense of agency and confidence. 

How to use this worksheet?

To use this worksheet, make a list of the sounds you are going to utilize for this exercise. Then follow the instructions below. First practice this at home, then apply it in a social setting. After doing the latter, answer the self reflective questions.


Schmidt, N. B., Richey, J. A., Buckner, J. D., & Timpano, K. R. (2009). Attention training for generalized social anxiety disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118(1), 5–14.

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