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The cycle of avoidance is so deeply ingrained for many of us that we’re not even aware it’s happening, and don’t realize how much suffering it’s causing. In his first recorded session, real therapy patient “Jared” opens up about his history with avoidance, and how he’s using therapy, compassionate self-talk, and a passion for cycling to break the avoidance cycle and create new, healthier habits.
Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor or therapist before attempting any strategies shared.
2:34 – The role of avoidance for “Jared”
4:21 – Social anxiety
5:25 – Hopelessness and helplessness
8:15 – Avoidance over the years
8:26 – Substance abuse
10:39 – Law school dropout
12:38 – How therapy helps w/ avoidance
13:18 – A change in perspective
15:03 – Reassurance-seeking
16:44 – Cycles of avoidance
20:02 – Injecting self-compassion into self-talk
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