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Posted by Randy ( on July 31, 2003 at 00:27:10:

In Reply to: any advice or suggestions? posted by Jules ( on July 30, 2003 at 21:57:01:

Hang in there. I understand how you feel.
Social anxiety is the reason for hating jobs more than
anything else for me as well. I saw your post in reply
to residual income, and then saw your plea for help, and
I wondered if maybe it might have to do with your job.
There's a hug for you.

I could tell you all the mental tricks I do to help
me, but I don't feel like they would do you any good.
Pretend your nervousness is excitement. The physical
symptoms for the two states are almost identical. I
have used this technique to flip my mood around many
times. Somehow... let yourself... allow yourself
to be the funky and even weird teacher/person that you
are. (I'm not accusing you of being funky or weird,
but if you FEEL like that...like students might "see
through you" and think bad things about you...) If
you can grasp that if you let your true self...foibles,
intricacies, and all, just come boldly through, that
others will find you fascinating and learn in a way
that perhaps nobody has ever been able to show them

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