Exposure: how to do it

 
 
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Tips to break things up

Length of time:

  • Talking to a classmate for 30 seconds is easier than talking to someone for 5 minutes.
  • Doing a 2-minute speech is easier than doing a 5-minute speech.

Distance:

  • Standing 20 feet from a dog is easier than standing next to one.
  • Looking at a picture of a needle is easier than holding an actual needle.

Who is with you:

  • Going to the mall with a friend may be easier than going alone.
  • Letting yourself make a mistake when talking to your mom may be easier than making a mistake when talking to the sales assistant at a store, which may be easier than making a mistake when talking to your teacher.

Pick a specific goal: For example, if your goal is to get a needle, list all the steps you need to take in order to accomplish the goal. Steps might include:

  1. looking at pictures of needles
  2. watching videos of needles
  3. holding a needle
  4. holding the needle against your skin
  5. watching someone else get a needle
  6. getting a needle.