It’s been observed in many settings that your attitude can affect your physical and emotional well-being.
For people with social phobia, who are highly affected by how they are viewed by those around them, this may be especially true.
A study at Ohio State University shows that exposure therapy, which is one of the most effective treatments for phobias, may be more effective when the person seeking help has a positive attitude.
The researchers worked specifically with people who were suffering from social anxiety disorder. They found that the participants, who were given exposure therapy as part of the experiment, had different relapse rates.
It turns out that the people in the study who had a negative attitude were much more likely to see a return of their social phobia than people who had a positive attitude.
By going into therapy with a positive attitude, people who have a phobia will be less likely to fall prey to the same phobia after being cured during treatment. This means that people who are going to be treated should believe they can be cured, trust their therapist to help them, and believe in their own ability to work hard and beat their fear.
To read more about the study, click on the link below this article.