Social Anxiety/Phobia Support – ANT's and NAT's
Written by Web Master
|Tuesday, 31 October 2006|
ANTs/NATS are â€œnegative automatic thoughtsâ€ that those of us with anxiety problems have. We need to work very specifically and persistently to rid ourselves of theseâ€” The following is an â€œoff the wallâ€ parable from the Internet about ANTs.
Annually ANTs gather from far and wide to assemble at the ANTs Conference to brag about how much bigger and bolder theyâ€™ve grown since last year, and how they have increased panic attacks, anxiety levels, and social phobia amongst us. They discuss new methods and strategies to pull us down, tear away our self esteem and increase feelings of helplessness. But thereâ€™s some unease in the ANTs world.
Letâ€™s listen to a conversation:
Young ANT 1: â€œHey, Iâ€™ve got another person convinced that heâ€™s no good, and that heâ€™s got no control over his own life. Iâ€™ve even got him scared to go out in public!â€
Young ANT 2: â€œHa! Another one of our victims trapped! I love it! What shall we give him? Panic attacks? Social anxiety? Depression? Obsessive thoughts? Agoraphobia? or maybe all of the aboveâ€
Young ANT 1: â€œAs long as he keeps believing us and giving in to us, we can give him as many problems as heâ€™ll take. Two problems are better than one, I always say.â€
Young ANT 2: â€œWow. This is great! Maybe Iâ€™ll win that award next year. I need to keep practicing my negative and irrational thinking and learn how to pass it on to others. Practice makes perfect, they say!â€
Young ANT 1 (snorting in pleasure) â€œBut our victims never learn that practicing is important to change thoughts, do they? They start out practicing and being persistent, but they always quit before they really get any better. Then, weâ€™ve got them trapped. One more defeat makes them feel totally worthless and helpless and they give up!â€
The young ANTs chortle in evil glee.
Just then an older and wiser ANT enters the picture and overhears the conversation between these two young immature ANTs.
Older and wiser ANT 3: â€œStop your incessant bragging! Donâ€™t you know that we derive our very existence from the lies we tell people that they believe? Every time you push too far, thereâ€™s a chance theyâ€™ll get wise and then we will lose control. If the person ever fully realizes what weâ€™re doing to him, weâ€™re the ones who arenâ€™t going to have any power left.â€