As you face your anxious response, you’ll grow more confident and less anxious. You may be thinking, I face my anxious response sometimes, and it doesn’t work. However, the principle of facing your anxious response isn’t the problem. Researchers have demonstrated over many years that facing our fears now helps us feel less fearful in the future. The problem, then, hasn’t been the principle of facing your anxious response, but the way you have gone about it.