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I have suffered with anxiety for as long as I can remember. For me, the problem is social anxiety and the feeling of being judged negatively in a social situation. Recently through a psychology course I've been studying I learnt about a concept called confirmation bias which basically means humans have pre-existing ideas or assumptions and they select evidence to suit that idea or assumption simply as a way of re-enforcing that idea/assumption. For example if you feel people are always judging you negatively that is what you will always look for and overlook the occasions when someone complimented you. I've realised this is one of the biggest obstacles with suffering anxiety because we are simply hardwired this way, and overcoming anxiety means undoing all this thinking and being objective of all facts.