Social Anxiety takes the form of fear of embarrassment, rejection or humiliation. Avoiding interactions increases anxiety and isolation. As crazy as it may sound, by deliberately experiencing a rejection, one can reduce the fear of it. To do so successfully, one must prepare their thinking processes to view the rejection not as a failure of a worthless person, but as a bold step of a normal person who can accept that not everyone has to like them, just a few.
Well said Dr. Langlieb.
This reminds me of getting back on the horse if you fell off. Not letting the fear beat you. Great post.