Good to see that you're starting the exposures again. I'm kind of surprised your therapist told you to scale it back because it seemed like you were able to do that, and if you can do that, you can basically do anything. What does your therapist want you to do this time around?
So far, the biggest problem for me has been not so much asking people for a dollar or what time it is, but having to do it over and over again. If I had to do it once, or if I genuinely needed a dollar, I'd have no problem doing it, but having to ask people over and over in a public setting, just makes me feel weird. Like people might see me asking a couple of different people and be like why the hell is that kid asking everyone what time it is? That F's with me more than anything else. Don't know if it's the same for you.
My therapist told me to do simpler things like saying hello to people in the markets and do small chat with them or saying hello to people in the parc near my place.
People might see u asking different persons, but only if they fixate you, and u can change places to escape the people you think are watching your every move and observing what you do, in fact people mind their own business, not follow you around with their sight to see everything you do, but I know the feeling, I go through the same thing.
I've interrupted for like 3-4 weeks the exposure since my theraphist told me so and I noticed my anxiety levels going up again. And now I'm doing it again every 2 days, 10 girls, same question: Excuse, is your name X ?
In the mean time things happened to me, my anxiety being lower I was able to go date some girls, but unfortunately I couldn't get the girls. One girl who is schizophrenic approached me and she's my ''compromise'' girlfriend now. I was approached by another girl in the church, but didn't went good cause I found out she was homeless (couldn't tell though, he was so clean and tidy), and he was a nutcase, litterally, but we kissed and it felt so good.
It seems that this theraphy has its effects and it's the best thing in 8 years I've tried since I've begin searching for a (partial) cure for SA. I'm not gonna stop it and I'm gonna go every 2 days to do my stuff. It hurts so much sometimes when they don't respond well but I've read somewhere that every rejection is a learning lesson, and a building block for confidence and the death of fear of rejection. I'm curious in 3 months how this is gonna evolve, this friend of mine who initiated me into this said in 3 weeks we're gonna go to the next level, asking more provocative questions.