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Yet the last thing a shy or anxious person may feel comfortable doing is letting their guard down, which is why practicing sharing is a vital element.
Practicing self-disclosure might include letting your date know about a story or person that is special to you, sharing how you felt about a recent event, or letting your date know that you think they look great.
And anxiety left untreated often leads to developing comorbid disorders, such as depression.
Reducing the threat of judgment from others–and yourself One of the reasons people may not disclose more about themselves is for fear of being judged.
When a person feels good about who they are, their values and what they have to offer, and sees their own experience in a compassionate way, it bolsters them against judgment.
By calming their harshest critic, their own inner judge, it opens the door to experiencing closer connections with others.
Acceptance There is an alternative to being guarded.
By focusing on one’s sense of self-acceptance and self-worth, it feels less intimidating to share with others.
The foundation of ACT is learning to accept that anxiety and internal struggle is a part of living fully, and that leading a life guided by personal values and willingness to experience life–as opposed to anxiety-based avoidance and decision making–is ultimately what frees one from the constraints of anxiety.