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Safety Behaviors

jajingna

jajingna

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I've just been learning a bit about this. Things we do to feel safe. Generally serves the function to cope with anxiety at the moment, or in the short-term. But long-term reliance on safety behaviors can be problematic. For example, usually avoiding somebody you feel anxious around, or some situation, can cause problems.

There are a lot of examples of safety behaviors if you look this up...

--sitting in the corner to avoid attention
--being quiet in social situations
--staying behind the scenes, even preferring work that lets you do this
--avoiding eye contact
--planning your escape, leaving early, or showing up late
--body language, like turning away, looking down, keeping a safe physical distance
-- distraction like phone or fidgeting
--- timing when to go to the shop when it is less busy (sounds smart to me)

Can you think of others? What are some of yours?
 
TheRealMe

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Oh no, I do all of these things. Self convincing/justifying ia another one I do. Like finding reasons why I should be avoiding people or situations.
 
zula77

zula77

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Me too, all of these, also wearing muted colours/styles to blend in, choosing to work from home, finding out where toilets are in an unfamiliar place beforehand, doing a practise run anytime I need to go somewhere new. I think these are all quite normal though
 
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