I will be starting exposure therapy sometime in the middle of this week. I first need to discuss my plans with my therapist tomorrow and my group on Tuesday. I am having some trouble deciding what the first exposure exercise to be. I have tentatively decided that I am going to go to a bookstore and sit in plan view with my shirt inside out. I am going to sit there and combat my irrational beliefs until my fear level decreases to about a 40 out of 100 and then leave. I am not sure what to expect. I have never gone out with my clothes out of place like this. I am doubting that I can even get my fear level down far enough to be relatively comfortable. I feel I have a decent grasp on all the CBT concepts and strategies in order to do this but this is going to be the first time I practice them at such a high fear level. Once I feel comfortable with this I will start on making small talk with people and eventually graduate to the point where I can actually make formal presentations in front of others. Has anyone tried exposure therapy and do you think there are benefits from this? I hope I make progress and not ending up worse than I already am. I just got to go for this now as I am 28 and my life is passing me by. At this point, I am willing to do just about anything to get better. Thanks.