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Overcoming Anxiety: Don’t Be A Paper Tiger – TAG 016

Overcoming Anxiety: Don’t Be A Paper Tiger – TAG 016

Confidence and belief in oneself are essential when overcoming anxiety disorders, but false confidence doesn't really help.  Lets learn how to walk the walk if we're gonna talk the talk!
Paper tiger is a literal English translation of the Chinese phrase zhilaohu (紙老虎). The term refers to something that seems threatening but is ineffectual and unable to withstand challenge. (Source: Wikipedia)
In my travels through different anxiety and panic related forums through the years, I often come across people that are frustrated and angry and will sometimes post messages that reflect just that.  Thats OK.  We all need to vent sometimes.  Its healthy.  "Vent" posts are usually met with support from other forum members that often looks something like this:
"Its OK, you're strong.  We all are.  We're going to kick anxiety's ass.  You'll see"
"One day when we're all back to normal we'll meet somewhere and celebrate our victory together."
"We're warriors.  Nobody understands how hard this is, ho