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How to Cope with Social Anxiety

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Social Anxiety, Phobia Treatments, Help in Children & Adults

Shyness is quite common and not a real problem unless it becomes chronic and develops into a form of social anxiety that is quite persistent, socially crippling and bothersome. A social phobia is simply a more specific form of social anxiety. There are many different aspects and causes of this disorder resulting in many variations requiring different treatment approaches. Every case is unique. It usually manifests as some form of extreme discomfort, shyness or anxiety associated with being in a social situation, especially a competitive, confrontational or stressful one.

Temporary feelings of shyness are normal and to be expected, especially in those who are young. However, it is when that shyness becomes overwhelming fear, terror and panic at the thought of entering a room full of people regardless of who they are. Whenever this strong aversion lasts for more than several weeks then professional help is needed and called for, especially if one's life is disrupted to the point one can no longer function at school and/or his or her job; that is when it becomes serious.

What are some of the roots of social anxiety or of a specific social phobia (such as the fear of speaking in front of a small group) and how may one go about coping with such a disorder? It is important to understand both the extent of the phobia(s) and how they first came into existence. The proper treatment can only come from knowing where they come from and how they manifest.

There are so many ways a social phobia can develop. A lack of self esteem is one way and that can in itself have many causes. Often times when counseling one with social anxiety one may also come across other related problems such as a history of depression, and/or anxiety disorder, and maybe even agoraphobia as well. Sometimes there are learning disabilities and/or ADD, etc. or some other more specific malfunctions of the brain. That is why it is so important to thoroughly examine the person suffering from social fears.

My own experiences with social phobia revolve around communication and feeling uncomfortable in situations when I must explain certain vital issues and resolve a complex problem with someone else. The other great phobia I have is of that of speaking in front of a large group of people. In both of the above situations or any stressful situation, my memory tends to break down causing my mind to go completely blank. It is very, very embarrassing to be in the middle of a sentence and then suddenly have my mind go completely blank! This problem is a factor that causes me to avoid many social situations because I certainly don't enjoy losing track of the conversation then wondering what the other(s) are thinking!

This is a chronic problem I had since high school which was the most stressful time in my life. My treatment would be to improve my memory with the correct herbs and antioxidants as needed for the brain to function more efficiently even under the most stressful circumstances. Therefore my social phobia of speaking in front of others would most likely be overcome by boosting self-confidence through the use of the right combination of herbs, vitamins, diet and exercise.

To complicate my situation, I may be subject to a certain form of Asperger's syndrome that my older sister thinks I have. This means an inability to form the correct body language, rhythm, facial expressions while interacting with others.

There is a certain "something" that the average person takes for granted and is able to use while socializing with others that I just don't have, call it charisma or an intuitive "sociability" or whatever. It is a harmony with others where I often feel great disharmony. Well as others may come across quite natural, graceful and effortless, I tended to come across rather nerdish, awkward and mechanical. So for years I was picked on in junior high and high school, sorted out from the crowd and called "weird." Unloved and and widely misunderstood, I would often be quite lonely, yet found it very hard to enjoy being with other people because it seemed to take too much effort to interact socially.

I was an introvert much preferring books and self-improvement courses to people or parties. I would try to solve problems independently rather than try to work with others to solve them. I suffered very low self-esteem and was sometimes convinced I was retarded even though I had a great artistic ability, writing ability, and pursued various scientific and spiritual interests. I always scored above normal on various IQ tests except when severely depressed. I had indeed many social relationship problems including tremendous fear and frustration: I felt very confused about myself, and had overwhelming emotional pain to overcome. The few friendships I had tended to be very close and most of them tended to be extremely intelligent, deep thinking, quiet, meek and introverted individuals. Even today, my closest friends seem to be in the most amazing professions and are highly unusual.

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I believe every case of social anxiety is unique, often consisting of several or various social phobias along with an individual set of avoidance behavior patterns. Just as in any case of anxiety, social or otherwise, there is almost always a biochemical dimension to it as well. Of course whatever has been known to help reduce, let's say a vague case of generalized anxiety disorder, is also likely to help one recover from a specific social phobia, or it could be a completely different combination of herbs and/or supplements that is needed to do the job.

Am I still suffering from all these problems today? Not nearly as much, however the scar is still there. I can still remember all the pain that I went through and had a great deal of forgiving to do.

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Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety: A Comprehensive Guide to Gaining Social Confidence by Erika B. Hilliard - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - As a therapist who has led social-anxiety support groups and a shy person herself, Hilliard is well qualified to counsel those who want to feel less apprehensive in social situations. According to Hilliard, social anxiety and fear of rejection can be so severe that they prevent the sufferer from spending time with others. In an encouraging and friendly tone and drawing on patients' stories, Hilliard offers an action plan to combat this fear. The cornerstone is setting small but effective goals that are measurable, consistent and repeatable, such as initiating a conversation with one person every day. Hilliard also recommends specific verbal and physical techniques to reduce anxiety about job interviews, public speaking, dating and even everyday interactions with friends. In addition, she provides an overview of how social anxiety can affect the mind and body, as well as a nonjudgmental guide to anti-anxiety medications. (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review - Erika Hilliard's book is a significant contribution to our understanding of shyness and social anxiety --Joyce Catlett, MA, co-author of Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

The most comprehensive self-help guide yet published on this important topic. --Jonathan Cheek, PhD, author of Conquering Shyness, professor of pscyhology, Wellesley College

Product Description - From a distinguished mental health expert‹a comprehensive, clearly organized handbook to living successfully with social anxiety and shyness - Anyone who has ever experienced anxiety in social situations knows how awkward, debilitating, and even painful it can be. Finding good professional advice on how to manage it is not always easy. In Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety, therapist and mental health expert Erika B. Hilliard offers a comprehensive guide to living successfully and confidently with such conditions. In clear, reassuring language, she covers in depth all of the relevant subjects, including:

* Calming the body * Blushing * Eye contact * Body language * Cultivating positive thoughts * Medications * The power of imagination * Effective goal-setting * Shy bladder syndrome * Acing job interviews and presentations * Connecting with others

This is the most thorough resource for everyone looking for an honest, supremely helpful guide to gaining social confidence.

From the Publisher - "The most comprehensive self-help guide yet published on this important topic.... Hilliard advocates an approach through which a person can accept what is positive about being shy while at the same time learning how to work through excessive shyness, one step at a time. Her many years of experience as a leader of groups for shy people shine through in her rich examples and warm tone that help the shy reader feel not only informed but also truly understood. Her concluding chapter is an outstanding guide to how a shy person can use this book as a resource for renewing and maintaining motivation in spite of setbacks that might be encountered." --Jonathan Cheek, PhD, author of Conquering Shyness, professor of Psychology, Wellesley College

"This highly accessible book is an invaluable resource for people struggling with shyness and social anxiety, as well as those who care about them. The book is loaded with practical information, presented in an engaging and user-friendly style. Recognizing the wide diversity among socially anxious individuals, Hilliard reviews multiple strategies that can be tailored to meet each individual's unique needs." --James D. Herbert, PhD, Director, Anxiety Treatment and Research Program, Drexel University

"Hilliard's book is a welcome addition to the shyness self-help literature. Ms. Hilliard understands the experience of shyness, its strengths as well as its vulnerabilities. She does a lovely job of normalizing shyness as part of the human condition, while providing concrete strategies to practice new behavior in socially challenging situations. Her warmth is communicated to the reader, who is invited to share the experiences and the victories of those she has treated. The reader will develop their strengths, as well as counter their inhibitions, in the context of many shy people who are living successful, productive, and satisfying lives." --Lynne Henderson, PhD, Stanford University, Director, Shyness Clinic, Originator, Social Fitness Model

"This is a very thorough and comprehensive book written with clarity and compassion. Erika B. Hilliard, a seasoned clinician, has skillfully brought together insights that are suited for both a professional and lay audience." --Lee Pulos, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Psychologist, author of The Power of Visualization and The Biology of Empowerment

"Erika B. Hilliard communicates a vast amount of often highly sophisticated information in a deceptively engaging, compassionate, supportive, and easy-to-read format that will be undoubtedly valuable to patients with social anxiety disorder and shyness as well as their therapists." --Lisa Miller, MD, Social Anxiety Disorder Group Therapist, Baylor College of Medicine

"Erika Hilliard has written a wise, compassionate, and comprehensive book on a problem that afflicts literally millions of people‹social anxiety disorder. Very few of the people who suffer from this disorder currently receive treatment, either because they don't think of their problem as a legitimate mental disorder, are unaware that help is available, or are too embarrassed to seek help. Hilliard's book is a godsend to these people and their loved ones." --Ronald Kessler, PHD, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

"Many men and women suffer from shyness and social anxiety--something I discovered while writing a newspaper column about relationships and sponsoring events for singles. At last, Erika Hilliard has come along with a very practical, yet sensitive, guide to conquering these difficulties. It's excellent." --Kathy Tait, former newspaper columnist and author of Love Smarts: A Singles Guide to Finding That Special Someone

"Erika Hilliard's book is a significant contribution to our understanding of shyness and social anxiety. Her book not only describes the many predisposing factors of excessive shyness, it also explains, in satisfying depth, a variety of methods, exercises, and guidelines for challenging and overcoming this syndrome. For the multitude of people who suffer from debilitating forms of social anxiety, Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety will prove itself to be a valuable resource. Of particular interest are the author's descriptions of voice therapy methods for dealing with the negative thoughts influencing shyness and her list of the reasons why we should appreciate the positive functions of anxiety." --Joyce Catlett, MA, coauthor of Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear by Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson - Product Description - There's nothing wrong with being shy. But if social anxiety keeps you from forming relationships with others, advancing in your education or your career, or carrying on with everyday activities, you may need to confront your fears to live an enjoyable, satisfying life.

This new edition of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook offers a comprehensive program to help you do just that. As you complete the activities in this workbook, you'll learn to:

* Find your strengths and weaknesses with a self-evaluation
* Explore and examine your fears
* Create a personalized plan for change
* Put your plan into action through gentle and gradual exposure to social situations

Information about therapy, medications, and other resources is also included. After completing this program, you'll be well-equipped to make connections with the people around you. Soon, you'll be on your way to enjoying all the benefits of being actively involved in the social world.

From the Publisher - This new edition of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook offers a comprehensive program to help shy people confront their fears and become actively involved in the social world. The activities in this workbook help readers find their strengths and weaknesses, explore and examine their fears, and create personalized plans for change. Information about therapy, medications, and other resources is also included.

About the Author - Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., is professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, and director of research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, ON. He is also president-elect of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has published twenty-four books and more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters in the areas of cognitive behavioral therapy and anxiety disorders. He has received early career awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association), the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and is a fellow of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations. He is past president of the Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and has been program chair for the ABCT annual convention. He is actively involved in clinical research in the area of anxiety disorders, teaching, and education, and maintains a clinical practice.

Richard P. Swinson, MD, is professor emeritus and past chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, Canada. He is also medical director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre and past psychiatrist-in-chief at Joseph's Healthcare, also in Hamilton. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American Psychiatric Association, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK. He was awarded an inaugural fellowship of the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2006. His research interests lie in the theory, assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers, thirty book chapters, and eight books. Dr. Swinson has held numerous research grants since 1966 and has been an invited speaker at many conferences around the world on anxiety disorders and substance use disorders. He also chaired the steering committee for the Canadian Anxiety Treatment Guidelines Initiative.

Managing Social Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Client Workbook (Treatments That Work) by Debra A. Hope, Richard G. Heimberg, Harlan A. Juster, and Cynthia L. Turk - Editorial Reviews - ...particularly useful as its clear, structured approach holds the newcomer's hand through the stages of assessment, formulation and treatment of socially anxious individuals. As with all the books in this series, targeted texts exist for both therapist and client. The Therapist Guide provides the clinician with a solid theoretical background with which to formulate a clear rationale for each step in the treatment. This is backed up by the take-home Client Workbook, which incorporates client-friendly explanations and exercises...each text reinforc[es] the other... Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Review - "Incorporates client-friendly explanations and exercises practicing key cognitive-behavioral skills."--Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Product Description - This is a client workbook for those in treatment or considering treatment for social anxiety. This program has met the American Psychological Association's Division 12 Task Force criteria for empirically-supported treatments. Clients will learn how social anxiety interferes with the achievement of life goals. The workbook includes information about a variety of interventions, such as exposure, cognitive re-framing, and medication.

About the Author - Debra A. Hope is at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Richard G. Heimberg is at Temple University.

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven Techniques for Overcoming Your Fears by Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson - Product Description - This step-by-step guide to overcoming fear of social interaction provides a comprehensive overview and includes behavioral skill-building exercises that have been proven effective in most cases.

Painfully Shy: How to Overcome Social Anxiety and Reclaim Your Life by Barbara Markway and Gregory Markway - Editorial Reviews - From Booklist - Social anxiety disorder goes well beyond simple shyness and can be emotionally crippling to its sufferers. Its victims find even the most informal and routine social situations threatening, and more formal events such as speeches and parties can trigger severe bouts of debilitating anxiety. Some 17 million Americans suffer from social anxiety disorder, and for every one that is diagnosed and receives help, there are probably a half dozen more who suffer in silence. This book is an excellent resource for those who suffer from this disorder, those who love them, and those who treat them. The authors start with the symptoms and some of the possible causes. Most important, they offer methods for treating the disorder, including self-treatment options. Case histories present people from a wide variety of backgrounds who have social anxiety disorder. Appendixes include help from parents of children with this disorder and other resources. An important book that addresses a topic that has received too little coverage. Marlene Chamberlain Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review - "Reading this book is like having live therapy sessions with an expert on social phobia...Painfully Shy goes beyond showing us how to confront and deal effectively with our social phobia. It also gives us the tools to accept ourselves in the process." --Eric Joffe, Alliance for People with Social Phobia

"This is a highly readable book about the varied forms of social anxiety and its treatment...packed with practical tools to help readers overcome their fears." --Jerilyn Ross, M.A., L.I.C.S.W., author of Triumph Over Fear --Review

Review - "Reading this book is like having live therapy sessions with an expert on social phobia...Painfully Shy goes beyond showing us how to confront and deal effectively with our social phobia. It also gives us the tools to accept ourselves in the process." --Eric Joffe, Alliance for People with Social Phobia

"This is a highly readable book about the varied forms of social anxiety and its treatment...packed with practical tools to help readers overcome their fears." --Jerilyn Ross, M.A., L.I.C.S.W., author of Triumph Over Fear

Product Description - Question:

* Do you feel shy and self-conscious in social situations?
* Are you plagued with self-doubts about how you come across to others?
* Do you feel physically sick with worry about certain situations that involve interacting with others?
* Do you make excuses, or even lie to avoid the social situations you dread?
* Do you make important decisions based on whether you'll have to participate in groups or speak in front of others?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you're not alone. Millions of people experience social anxiety of painful shyness to such a degree that it disrupts their daily lives. In fact, as many as one out of every eight Americans will at some point suffer from what's called social anxiety disorder, or social phobia.

Social anxiety disorder is a real problem. But fortunately, it's also one that can be overcome.

Drs. Barbara and Greg Markway, psychologists and experts in the field, coach you every step of the way in this warm, easy-to-read, and inspiring book. You'll learn how social anxiety disorder develops, how it affects all aspects of your life, and most importantly, how to chart your course to recovery.

About the Author - Barbara G. Markway, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and the co-author of Dying of Embarrassment. She has appeared on Good Morning America as well as numerous national radio programs, and has been featured in newspapers and national magazines.

Gregory P. Markway, Ph.D., is also a licensed clinical psychologist. He has worked in the Behavioral Medicine Department at the Washington University Medical Center, and was on the clinical faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques by Gillian Butler - Product Description - of the First Four Titles in the Overcoming Series. The immensely popular international market leader of self-help titles.

Step-by-step guides to self-improvement that introduce the methods of the highly regarded cognitive behavioral therapy technique to help readers conquer a broad range of disabling conditions--from worry to body image problems to obsessive compulsive disorder and more.

The accessible, straightforward, and practical books in the Overcoming series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was developed by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck and is now internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. CBT insists that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors. Even when our situation does not change, if we change the self-defeating ways we think, we can make ourselves feel better. This positive, pragmatic approach is popular with therapists and patients alike.

Books in the Overcoming Series:
* highlight the history and background of the disorder, who is likely to be affected, and what the main symptoms are
* provide a structure ideal for personal use or in a program using guided self-help techniques
* include diagnostic questionnaires, case studies, and workbook-style interactive exercises
* explore step-by-step techniques such as diary- and record-keeping, problem-solving, and managing symptoms
* include overviews of all treatment options
* offer authoritative, commonsense solutions to pervasive, difficult emotional problems
* are highly recommended by experts around the world
* and offer readers an affordable and easy-to-follow treatment plan

About the Author - Gillian Butler is a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She practices with the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Diagonally-Parked in a Parallel Universe : Working Through Social Anxiety - Editorial Reviews - From Library Journal - Social anxiety disorder or social phobia (SA/SP), the intense, and incapacitating fear of social interaction, is the third most common psychiatric disorder (after depression and alcoholism). Dayhoff, a social psychologist, author (How To Win in a Tough Job Market), and lecturer who has overcome SA/SP herself, has written a comprehensive self-help guide for sufferers. Dayhoff reviews current research and theories about the origin of SA/SP, but her focus here is on practical ways to recover. She presents step-by-step plans for learning social skills for conversation, dating, job hunting, and networking; gives concise and clear information on such issues as how to access professional help, what to expect during the first session, and what happens in group therapy; outlines the benefits and pitfalls of medication; discusses complimentary therapies; and offers suggestions for finding financial assistance and social support. She also provides a list of resources. SA/SP sufferers and their friends and relatives will find this book helpful. Recommended for popular psychology collections in public and consumer health libraries. --Lucille M. Boone, San Jose P.L., CA - Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review - "Diagonally-Parked in a Parallel Universe will be a significant addition to my professional library. Dr. Dayhoff includes research and practical information about every aspect of social anxiety. My colleagues and I are especially grateful for the chapters on blushing, sweating, and physiological symptoms. We've been looking for this kind of complete information for a long time. As a communication coach who frequently works with clients who have fears and anxiety, I appreciate Dr. Dayhoff's work enormously. Congratulations!" --Laurie Schloff, Director, Executive Training, The Speech Improvement Company, Boston, MA

"Dr. Dayhoff has done a remarkable job researching the current literature on social anxiety and its disorder. The text is well-written and comprehensive and I enjoyed the use of humor. I hope this book will help people suffering from this debilitating disorder to come out of the closet." --Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D., Director, Social Phobia Program, Boston University

"Finally here's a book that deals with social anxiety from the insider's perspective on this long-neglected anxiety problem. Because Dr. Dayhoff has lived through social anxiety herself, she is able to comprehensively cover both the personal concerns of sufferers and current research and treatment options. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand and work toward overcoming social anxiety." --Thomas A. Richards, Ph.D., Director, Anxiety Clinic of Arizona

* "Dr. Dayhoff's book blows the lid off of SA/SP. Other books on the topic have been research and treatment-oriented. This compelling and insightful volume takes us into the 'belly of the beast.' Through her own first-person accounts and her interviews with hundred of fellow SA/SP sufferers, she gives us a long-overdue understanding of the often debilitating, misunderstood (this isn't about just being shy) nature of SA/SP. ...Her book delivers the empathetic guidance and key strategies vital to recovery. It also gives family and friends the tools necessary to assist in this recovery process." --Carleton W. Kendrick, Ed.M., LCSW, nationally-known family therapist, Medfield, MA

* "I love the title! I very much like Dr. Dayhoff's tone in 'speaking' to her readers and what she has done!" --Richard G. Heimberg, Ph.D., editor of Social Phobia: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment, Director, Social Phobia Program, Temple University

* "I'm delighted that Dr. Dayhoff is taking what we know about social anxiety/social phobia to the public." --Mark R. Leary, Ph.D., author of Social Anxiety, Psychology Dept., Wake-Forest University

* "If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from terrible anxiety and social fears, this astonishing book comes just in time. Not merely a book, it is a plan to change your enable you to take your life back. Dr. Dayhoff doesn't just understand the problem, she offers you one useful tip after another to enable you to be the person you want to be. Reading this timely, inspiring, practical book begins as an act of faith in yourself, but ends as a joyous affirmation in the vibrant possibilities of your own life!" --Jeffrey Lant, Ph.D., Co-Founder, Worldprofit

* "Signe Dayhoff combines the best of both worlds - the knowledge and expertise of the professional and the insight and understanding of the consumer and communicates these strengths to her reader. As an ex social phobia, Dr. Dayhoff's empathy and her understanding of the struggles of the person with social phobia shine through in every chapter. The reader...will benefit from the warmth...combined with the most up-to-date expert knowledge. This is a winning recipe." --Ronald M. Rapee, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Macquairie University, Australia, author of Overcoming Shyness and Social Phobia: A Step by Step Guide

* "This is a highly readable book and gives good concrete examples and exercises. I particularly like the part about how to find a suitable therapist or treatment setting. That can be a real challenge for shy people. I am happy to endorse this book." --Lynne Henderson, Ph.D., Director, The Shyness Clinic, Menlo Park, CA

* "[Dr. Dayhoff] has done an excellent job of anxiety, and [her] book will be valuable to both therapists and self-help readers. I definitely recommend it." --Albert Ellis, Ph.D., President, Albert Ellis Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety & Phobia by Barbara G. Markway, C. Alec Pollard, Teresa Flynn, and Cheryl N. Carmin - Customer Review - A book that provides practical answers for anxiety

This is a very interesting books. Unlike many books on the subject that promise a great deal and fail to deliver, this book lives up to its promises providing practical guidance from every thing from answering a telephone to public speaking.

The techniques recommended are those gleaned from cognitive behavior therapy through with the reader is led to confront his/her deepest fear:disapproval.

After reading the book for the third time I felt as though it had come thirty years late. So many people have allowed great opportunities to pass them by or fail to make the most of their god- given talents because of fear.

There is a strong temptation to think that with such a book in hand one could have could have gone farther in life.

However, it is better late than never. --By A Customer

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships by Leil Lowndes - Product Description - "You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills."--Larry King

"The lost art of verbal communication may be revitalized by Leil Lowndes."--Harvey McKay, author of Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten

Leil Lowndes' How to Talk to Anyone offers101 time-tested hints, tips, and techniques for confidently communicating with others. A bestselling author and renowned communications consultant, Lowndes focuses on ice-breaking skills and communication techniques that are proven successful when making a positive first impression, establishing instant rapport and credibility, and more.

Packed with basic, no-nonsense advice and solid research evidence about which techniques work best in which areas, How to Talk to Anyone show readers how to: * Make small talk not so small
* Use body language to captivate an audience
* Look like you know what you're talking about--even when you don't

From the Back Cover - "You'll not only break the ice, you'll melt it away with your new skills." --Larry King

"The ultimate guide to the thinking person . . . an invaluable tool for conversations." --Sally Jesse Raphael

Become a master communicator and succeed in life, love, and business - Have you ever admired those successful people who seem to have it all? You see them chatting confidently at parties and being listened to in business meetings. They're the ones with the best jobs, nicest parties, and most interesting friends.

But wait a minute. They're not necessarily smarter than you or even better looking. What it comes down to is their more skillful way of communicating with other people. Now How to Talk to Anyone reveals the secrets of successful communication. With Leil Lowndes's ninety-two easy and effective techniques, you will discover how to become a master communicator in life, love, and business.

Combining the latest research with Leil's trademark wit and warm-hearted observations of human foibles, How to Talk to Anyone shows you how to:

* Make an unforgettable entrance and meet the people you want to meet
* Sound like an insider in any crowd, no matter how little you have in common
* Use body language to captivate audiences of all sizes
* Work a party the way a politician works a room
* Always come across confident, credible, and charismatic wherever you are

Leil Lowndes is among today's most sought-after communication consultants and the author of the international bestsellers How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You and How to Be a People Magnet.

Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties by Jonathan Berent and Amy Lemley - Product Description - Replace Rejection and Fear with Self-Respect

Almost everyone feels shy or slightly stressed in certain kinds of situations -- with new people, on a job interview, or on a first date. Jonathan Berent has helped thousands who suffer from shyness become calm, confident, and socially adept. He shows how even extremely shy people can overcome the low self-esteem and frustration that settle in after years of social disappointments and rejection, and gradually move toward mastery of the situations they find most difficult.

* Learn about treatment for adults, teenagers, and children (with special advice for parents)
* Practice specific goal-setting exercises and new treatment techniques
* Overcome symptoms that block careers, relationships, and personal fulfillment
* Conquer the entire range of problems -- from mild shyness to crippling social phobias
* Achieve lasting self-esteem

Through interactive exercises and supportive, encouraging words, Beyond Shyness gives shy people a new chance in the social world, a chance at ease in situations that have long been agonizing. Berent shows how to instill a healing confidence and replace rejection with real self-respect.

About the Author - Jonathan Berent, A.C.S.W., lives in East Hampton, and practices in Great Neck, N.Y. A certified psychotherapist, he has worked with thousands of individuals of all ages in individual, group, and family psychotherapy. He has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Sally Jessy Raphael," "Joan Rivers," "CNN Medical News" and many other TV and radio shows.

What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) by Emily Ford, Michael Liebowitz, and Linda Wasmer Andrews - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - A professor of clinical psychiatry and a woman whose life has been adversely impacted by social anxiety disorder provide a unique view of the condition and its treatment in this slim volume. Leibowitz, who researched the disorder prior to its becoming officially recognized in the 1980s, lends scientific heft to co-author Ford's personal experiences with social anxiety disorder (defined as "the extreme fear of social situations that involve unfamiliar people or the possibility of scrutiny by others"). Ford is honest if a bit simplistic in relating her struggles, which began in adolescence. Prior to her diagnosis, Ford struggled with drinking, severe eating disorders and pulling out clumps of her hair. "By hitting my lowest point, I had found the will to start fighting for life," she writes. Ford found a psychotherapist who introduced her to cognitive-behavioral therapy, whose treatment pulled her from her slump. Readers will find helpful charts throughout the book and an appendix loaded with further reading and contact information for advocacy groups. Thanks to its informative guide to diagnosis, suggestions for treatment and tips on dealing with the health care system, this is a must read for anyone who suffers from the disorder. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Review - "For anyone who has shouldered the enormous burden of social anxiety disorder, What You Must Think of Me will be a valuable resource. Emily Ford gives her readers a rare glimpse into the tortured world of a young person struggling with SAD-the isolation, the depression, and her eventual triumph over this devastating illness. Her story is one of hope, humor, and an incredible will to survive, and will both inspire and educate readers who will recognize their own struggles within these pages." --Jamie Blyth, author of Fear is No Longer My Reality: How I Overcame Panic and Social Anxiety Disorder- and You Can Too

"Ford bravely offers an accurate account of the frustrations of Social Anxiety Disorder, and the paths to treatment, including how to navigate the difficulties of the mental health system, how to identify an expert in SAD, and how to make the most of the therapeutic experience. This will be an excellent resource for adolescents, young adults, and their parents." --Dean McKay, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Psychology, Fordham University

"With warmth, candor and insight, this highly gifted young writer shares her personal struggle with a serious yet treatable disorder that is often misdiagnosed and grossly misunderstood. Emily takes the reader along on her courageous journey towards recovery, while offering solid information, help and hope to individuals suffering from social anxiety disorder, as well as to family members and friends who want to help." --Jerilyn Ross, MA, LICSW, Director, The Ross Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders, Washington, D.C., and author Triumph Over Fear

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder (Practical Clinical Guidebooks Series) by Stefan G. Hofmann and Michael W Otto - Product Description - Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, is among the most common (and debilitating) of the anxiety disorders, and at any given time it effects somewhere between 3 and 5% of the US population, with similar statistics found in countries around the world. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) has been demonstrated to be the most effective form of treatment for social phobia, but research has shown that conventional CBT principles and general interventions fall short of the mark. With this in mind, Drs. Hofmann and Otto have composed an organized treatment approach that includes specifically designed interventions to strengthen the relevant CBT strategies. This volume builds upon empirical research to address the psychopathology and heterogeneity of social phobia, creating a series of specific interventions with numerous case examples.

From Social Anxiety to Social Phobia: Multiple Perspectives by Stefan G. Hofmann and Patricia Marten DiBartolo - Product Description - In Social Phobia and Social Anxiety, Stefan G. Hofmann and Patricia M. DiBartolo created a book that weaves together the research findings gathered by renowned minds across the various scientific disciplines: social psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, psychiatry, and behavior genetics. Chapters deal with both theory and research; each one is written by different contributors, giving voice to many view points while still synthesizing the emerging data on this topic. Definition of what constitutes social phobia. Assessment of social phobia and its relationship to other psychological disorders. The biological basis of social phobia. Approaches to treating social phobia. Clinical psychologists and psychiatrists; social and developmental psychologists

From the Back Cover - In Social Phobia and Social Anxiety, Stefan G. Hofmann and Patricia M. DiBartolo created a book that weaves together the research findings gathered by renowned minds across the various scientific disciplines: social psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, psychiatry, and behavior genetics. Chapters deal with both theory and research; each one is written by different contributors, giving voice to many view points while still synthesizing the emerging data on this topic. Definition of what constitutes social phobia. Assessment of social phobia and its relationship to other psychological disorders. The biological basis of social phobia. Approaches to treating social phobia.

Clinical psychologists and psychiatrists; social and developmental psychologists

Social Anxiety by Mark R. Leary and Robin Mark Kowalski - Editorial Reviews - "The self-presentational analysis of social anxiety, which is the primary focus of this book , has enormous appeal and power, both in terms of its ability to integrate a variety of theoretical perspectives and in its explanatory breadth....This book provides a comprehensive and well-organized overview of theory and research on social anxiety." --Contemporary Psychology

"The book is well written and engaging without sacrificing scholarship. References are current and extensive. The text contains boxed discussions that add interest and ancillary material to supplement the main discussion. A valuable addition to a psychology collection, which will serve a variety of audiences, undergraduate through professional." --Choice --Review

Review - "Dr. Leary is an established expert and acknowledged master of the field, and Dr. Kowalski is an up-and-coming young star. Their work has extraordinary range and offers countless useful insights. Researchers, practitioners, and the curious public will all find smooth prose and great wisdom in this book. It is an integrative, important, state-of-the-art analysis of a common component of our shared human drama, our fears of what others may be thinking of us." --Rowland S. Miller, PhD, Sam Houston State University

"Leary and Kowalski provide an entertaining yet highly informative theoretical discussion of the causes, concomitants, and consequences of social anxiety. Their review of the vast literature on social and related anxieties is both thorough and scholarly. Social Anxiety is extraordinarily comprehensive and a delight to read. I recommend it highly to my social and clinical psychology colleagues." --James A. Shepperd, PhD, University of Florida

"This is a fascinating and authoritative work on social anxiety. Leary and Kowalski do a thorough and thoughtful job of covering the research literature on this important topic. It is a valuable resource for readers and therapists, as well as anyone who is curious about the basic human project of getting along with others. It is pleasant and easy to read, yet sophisticated enough for the expert. It covers the latest theories and research findings." --Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, E. B. Smith Professor of Psychology, author of Losing Control and Meanings of Life

"The self-presentational analysis of social anxiety, which is the primary focus of this book , has enormous appeal and power, both in terms of its ability to integrate a variety of theoretical perspectives and in its explanatory breadth....This book provides a comprehensive and well-organized overview of theory and research on social anxiety." --Contemporary Psychology

"The book is well written and engaging without sacrificing scholarship. References are current and extensive. The text contains boxed discussions that add interest and ancillary material to supplement the main discussion. A valuable addition to a psychology collection, which will serve a variety of audiences, undergraduate through professional." --Choice

10 Simple Solutions to Shyness: How to Overcome Shyness, Social Anxiety & Fear of Public Speaking by Martin M. Antony - Product Description - Even though statisticians report that more than 37 million Americans suffer from diagnosable social phobia, common sense suggests that nearly all of us have, at one time or another, had clammy palms and knocking knees because of an intimidating, uncomfortable social situation. The party where you don't know a single soul, the crowded lobby of a movie theatre, the presentation you've been dreading for weeks‹any of these have the potential to ruin your week without necessarily sending you to the psychiatrist's couch. The ten simple exercises in this book help readers shed their shyness and start socializing with confidence and élan. The book examines shyness by symptoms: physical discomfort, anxious thoughts, and bothersome behaviors. Solutions‹based in clinically proven cognitive behavioral therapy‹follow, directly addressing all three. Readers can carry the book in a briefcase or purse for last minute support and extra confidence. Once the ten simple solutions are learned, they will be constant companions, providing courage, poise, and composure when readers need them most.

From the Publisher - In this book, an expert in the treatment of social anxiety and phobia offers ten easy-to-use, concise exercises based on cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, that readers can use to throw off shyness, unease in gatherings, and fear of giving speeches or talks.

* Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, has an impressive rate of effectiveness for treating social phobia.

* By the author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook, the exercises in this easy-to-carry book provide immediate relief from social anxiety and shyness.

Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression, 2nd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated by Joseph J. Lucian - Editorial Reviews - From Library Journal -Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts and our interpretations of events greatly influence our moods. Therapists teach clients to listen to their negative internal dialogs and to use less depressive "self-talk." Clients may also be given "homework" in the form of relaxation exercises for anxiety or gradual acclimatization to frightening situations. The emphasis is on changing thoughts and actions, not on understanding their origins. Getting Your Life Back and Self-Coaching are both based on this approach. The latter, by clinical psychologist Luciani, advises readers to identify themselves as specific personality types (e.g., "Worrywarts," "Hedgehogs," "Perfectionists") and then gives specific instructions on how to change these thought patterns. The title by Wright and Basco, a psychiatrist/educator and a clinical psychologist/researcher, respectively, examines various psychological areas (e.g., thinking, action, biology, relationships, and spirituality) and invites readers to work on these areas in any order with valuable, morale-boosting checklists and examples. Getting Your Life Back is the better of the two because it discusses antidepressants and because the authors' instructions and exercises are much more thorough. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist - The prevailing therapeutic value of trying to change cognitive thought processes in order to ward off depression and anxiety is not new. However, the approach in this book puts the primary responsibility for making the change on the sufferer of either condition. For those who are uncomfortable with the thought of entering therapy or using medication, the self-coaching work here may be just the ticket to greater freedom from depression and anxiety. (There are a few useful self-tests.) As an alternative to traditional psychiatric options, the self-coaching and "self-talk" prescribed in the book may work to talk oneself out of temporary mild or moderate depression. Sufferers of major clinical depression might want to combine the approach here with therapy or medication. A viable option for the self-help section of library collections. --Marlene Chamberlain - Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Social Anxiety Disorder (Advances in Psychotherapy -- Evidence-Based Practice) by Martin M. Antony and Karen, Ph.D. Rowa - Product Description - Social phobia is characterized by excessive anxiety or discomfort in situations where a person might feel judged or evaluated by others, including performance situations (e.g., being the center of attention, public speaking, working under observation, playing sports or music in front of an audience) and situations involving interpersonal contact with others (e.g., making small talk, meeting new people, dating). According to large-scale epidemiological studies, social phobia is one of the most prevalent psychological disorders. Although prevalence estimates vary, recent studies suggest that approximately 7% of Americans suffer from this disorder. In addition to the high percentage of people with symptoms meeting criteria for this disorder, many other individuals experience social anxiety or shyness to a lesser, but still impairing degree. Social phobia is also a common comorbid condition, often diagnosed along with other anxiety disorders.

Taken together, this information suggests that practitioners are likely to encounter patients displaying some degree of social anxiety, no matter what specialty service or setting they occupy. Although social anxiety is a widely encountered problem, there are few resources available to provide straightforward, accessible assessment and treatment information for practitioners. This book aims to fill that gap. Over the past 20 years, effective tools have been developed to identify and treat individuals with social anxiety. The current book will provide up-to-date information on the diagnosis, identification, conceptualization, and treatment of social anxiety and social phobia.

This book is aimed at practitioners who practice in a broad range of settings, from specialty clinics to general practice, as well as students. Existing books tend to focus on the psychopathology of social anxiety, address multiple disorders in one volume, or provide extensive and detailed protocols for treating this disorder. In contrast, this book is a more concise guide to identification and treatment that is accessible for the busy practitioner. It focuses specifically on social phobia and social anxiety, making it an attractive reference book for professionals who require clear, easy to follow guidelines on treatments for social anxiety.

From the Publisher - The new series, Advances in Psychotherapy -- Evidence-Based Practice, provides therapists with practical, evidence-based guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of the most common disorders seen in clinical practice -- and does so in a uniquely "reader-friendly" manner. Each book is both a compact "how-to" reference on a particular disorder, for use by professional clinicians in their daily work, as well as an ideal educational resource for students and for practice-oriented continuing education.

The most important feature of the books is that they are practical and simple to use. All have a similar structure, and each is a compact and easy-to-follow guide covering all aspects of practice that are relevant in real-life. Tables, boxed clinical "pearls," and marginal notes assist orientation, while checklists for copying and summary boxes provide tools for use in daily practice.

The series has been developed and is edited with the support of the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12). The Society is planning a system of home study continuing education courses based on the series that an individual can complete on the web.

Goodbye to Shy: 85 Shybusters That Work! by Leil Lowndes - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Many of Lowndes's potential readers may "shy" away from her relentlessly perky, exclamatory tone and use of terms like Shys (for shy folks) and Sures (for extroverts). Which is too bad, because much of her advice is sensible and based on desensitization techniques, or graduated exposure, therapists use in treating shyness and social phobia. The book is a mixture of confessional by a formerly shy author (How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You) and no-nonsense guide. Lowndes cites scientific findings, such as that shy people feel continually judged by others at public events, which they remember as more negative than they were. Lowndes advises writing down one's immediate impressions after a social event. "If you later remember anything negative..., go back and check your notes. If that embarrassing or disappointing moment isn't in your notes, forget it. It didn't happen." She also offers useful advice, such as how to tolerate holding eye contact with strangers. Chapter titles like "How to Handle a Past Bummer" seem meant to appeal to younger readers, but the tone clashes with Lowndes's sometimes dated personal stories. Her great eureka­"I'm not shy anymore" moment takes place in the Playboy Club, where she dons bunny ears. (Aug.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Product Description - Say hello to new friends, new business opportunities, new love, and new confidence

Okay, so you're shy. Here are 85 proven techniques to help you conquer your shyness and change your life for good. No psychobabble. No nonsense. These tested "ShyBusters" prepare you for that upcoming party, work function, interview, date, and the rest of your life.

As someone who overcame debilitating shyness herself, professional speaker Leil Lowndes used this method to become a confident woman who has been interviewed on hundreds of TV and radio shows and has spoken to crowds of 10,000. You'll soon be making "fearless conversation" with people who used to intimidate you. You'll learn how to win the love you deserve and ask for whatever you want. You will overcome embarrassing stammering, sweating, clamming up, and wishing you were invisible.

Good-Bye to Shy will show you how to:

Make a stronger impression at work, at parties, in any situation . Feel more relaxed around people, make eye contact, and spark conversations . Boost your career, jump-start your social life, and open your heart to new possibilities

Say Good-Bye to Shy--and hello to the happy, loving, confident person who's been hiding inside you.

Conversationally Speaking : Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness by Alan Garner - Product Description - More than a million people have learned the secrets of effective conversation using Conversationally Speaking. This revised edition provides more ways to improve conversational skills by asking questions that promote conversation, learning how to listen so that others will be encouraged to talk, reducing anxiety in social situations and more.

About the Author - Alan Garner has taught hundreds of Conversationally Speaking workshops. He is the coauthor of Lifeskills for Adult Children.

Brave: Be Ready and Victory's Easy, a Story About Social Anxiety by Marjie Braun Knudsen and Jenne R. Henderson Ph.D. - Product Description - BRAVE addresses many of the worries created by children with social anxiety. It not only provides a platform from which to initiate discussion but it also provides a tool children can use to help them through difficult times. This beneficial book will help many children. --Karen Gedig Burnett, author of Simon's Hook

This book will appeal to kids of every age. It is informative, but also funny. Many kids will relate to Danny s experiences. Reading BRAVE will help kids with social anxiety feel less alone and give them hope for the future. --James J. Crist, Ph.D., author of What to do When You're Scared & Worried

Product Description - A story about a boy learning to manage his fears of social situations and criticism. He uses the acronym BRAVE, which stands for be ready and victory's easy; to plan ahead for difficult situations at school and home.

- Danny, a fifth grader, is bombarded with real and imagined problems. As if school itself wasn't stressful enough, a long speech is required, which feels impossible to him. The only way to get out of giving the speech is to win the science contest. When he's paired with Jack, the goof-off kid in class, he's doomed. Bus stop terrors, lunchtime woes, and dealing with his mean older brother add to his stress. Then disaster strikes! His usual coping strategies are no longer working. What will he do?

Social Phobia: From Shyness To Stage Fright by John Marshall - Editorial Reviews - From Library Journal - General psychiatrist Marshall began counseling anxiety disorder patients in the mid-1980s. At that time, anxiety disorders were emerging as psychiatric conditions in their own right rather than symptoms of other disorders. Marshall's particular interest here is in social phobics (i.e., those whose lives are controlled by intense and abiding fears of social interaction). Combining theory, research findings, and clinical expertise with examples from the lives of socially phobic people, Marshall presents a very readable overview of the topic. He explains a wide spectrum of social phobias, including the fear of eating in public and imagined body ugliness. The appendix discusses other anxiety disorders. Recommended for public and academic libraries. --Carol R. Nelson, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist - Social phobia is shyness, broadly speaking. But the disorder can also manifest itself as the cause of alcoholism (alcohol eases the pain of social interaction), eating disorders, and an obsessive concern with body partsthe feeling, say, that one's breasts or eyes or penis are inordinately large and that all the world is watching. Marshall, a professor of psychiatry, first explores what may be the primitive origins of social phobia: the need for some members of a group to seem retiring in order to survive. Then he discusses cases: the physically powerful man who can barely bring himself to speak; the ardent feminist who cannot, physically, assert herself; and the actress who panics before a performance. More universally, still, Marshall examines those seemingly ordinary, but often crippling, cases of people who are afraid to give oral presentations, talk to supervisors, or ask for datesor even make left turns, because pausing at a stoplight causes the drivers behind to be delayed and brings the socially phobic driver under an imagined scrutiny. The happy news is that social phobia can be successfully treated most of the time, with cognitive and exposure therapies; however, the most effective treatments involve drugs such as the beta blockers, monoamine-oxidase inhibitors, and, of course, Prozac. A thoughtful new approach to an eternal bedevilment. --John Mort --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Triumph Over Shyness: Conquering Shyness & Social Anxiety by Murray B. Stein and John R. Walker - Product Description - Shyness isn't just a personality quirk‹to some people it means that even a casual social interaction can be a nightmare. Endorsed by The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), the primary organization in the U.S. dedicated to the cure of anxiety disorders, this is the only book of its kind to provide a comprehensive psychological and medical approach for sufferers of the debilitating syndrome of acute shyness and social phobia.

Triumph Over Shyness focuses on a range of powerful new treatments that have become available and offer new hope for people with social anxiety. Other features include:

* Guidelines for coping with difficult social situations
* Pros and cons of various kinds of therapy
* Stories of others who have successfully overcome social anxiety
* The use of case histories to illustrate the points of each chapter
* Worksheets and checklists to zero in on problem areas
* Plus a special chapter for parents on how to help their children conquer shyness

From the Back Cover - Shyness is exceedingly common, and in its extreme form, manifests itself as a disabling condition known as both social phobia and social anxiety. The number of men and women, spanning a range of ages and walks of life, who suffer from shyness and social anxiety is in the millions and growing. From the tendency to withdraw from unfamiliar people and situations to public speaking anxiety, test anxiety, sports performance anxiety, dating anxiety, to paruresis (the fear of using public bathrooms), a variety of situations exist that can trigger feelings of discomfort. For some persons, the level of discomfort is so high that it prevents them from living life as fully as they would like to.

The good news is that help is available. Whether you, your child, a friend, or a family suffers from anxiety in social situations, this invaluable book, written with great sensitivity--and a dash of good humor--can help.

Copublished by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and written by two experts in the field, Triumph Over Shyness gets to the heart of the matter by helping you navigate the terminology and define, recognize, and tackle your shyness head-on. Here you will learn that shyness, like height or eye color, is a heritable trait--though not influenced exclusively by genes. You will also learn how embarrassment and shame fit into the mix of shyness and anxiety. Discover what shyness and social anxiety look and feel like, where they may be coming from--and what you can do about them. In addition, you'll find real-life case histories, plus:

* techniques and exercises to help you overcome shyness and social anxiety
* the latest information on medications and treatments, including those for children and adolescents
* ways to improve your relationships, manage physical symptoms, and conquer anxious thoughts
* advice and information on how to help a shy child
* support for the challenges you may face as you confront your fears

. . . plus a variety of resources to draw upon as you work toward your goal. If you choose to triumph over the confines of shyness, this book will help you break free.

"A roadmap to the diagnosis and treatment of social anxiety disorder ... an owner's guide to the skillful management of social anxiety." --John S. March, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke Child and Family Study Center


To answer this question, ask yourself:

* Does my anxiety in social situations make me feel nervous or uncomfortable a lot of the time?
* Does it interfere with things I want to do now or in the foreseeable future?
* Does it keep me from having fun?
* Does it lead me to being alone and lonely?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have social phobia??and you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from shyness and social anxiety. Fortunately, help is available--and you're holding it in your hands. Whether you are concerned about yourself, your child, a friend, or a relative, Triumph Over Shyness will help you understand the nature of the problem and what you can do about it. Written by two experts in the field and endorsed by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, this sensitively written book is filled with helpful case histories, techniques, and exercises to help you manage anxious thoughts and physical symptoms, as well as improve your relationships. Here you will also find the latest information on medications and treatments, and a variety of helpful resources to help you break the bonds of shyness.

You don't have to lose another day. Triumph Over Shyness can ensure that you live your life to the fullest from now on.

Overcoming Shyness and Social Phobia: A Step-by-Step Guide (Clinical Application of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy) by Ronald M. Rapee - Editorial Reviews - "...educates, coaches, and guides those who struggle with shyness or social anxiety toward achievement of a more comfortable lifestyle." -- (Andrew R. Eisen, 2000)

"Dr. Rapee's book is a must for every clinician's library." -- (Debra A. Hope, 2000)

"Offering useful tools for confronting the fears that inhibit millions of people experiencing problems related to shyness or social anxiety." -- (Robert L. Leahy, 2000)

Product Description - Overcoming Shyness and Social Phobia provides a detailed program for eliminating social anxieties based on the latest cognitive behavioral treatments for social phobia.

The Social Success Workbook for Teens: Skill-building Activities for Teens With Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, & Other Social-skill Problems by Barbara Cooper - Product Description - Making friends is a skill like any other--there are rules to follow, ways to measure your progress, and reasons why some people are better at it than others. Although it may seem like this skill comes naturally to those who don't have Asperger's disorder, nonverbal learning disorder (NLD), or other problems relating to others, the reality is that even the most popular people must constantly hone their abilities in order to make new friends and keep the friends they already have. This workbook includes forty activities you can do to recognize and use your unique strengths, understand the unspoken rules behind how people relate to each other, and improve your social skills.

After completing the activities in this workbook, you will discover that you can get along with others and build friendships despite the challenges you face. All you need is the confidence to be yourself while still keeping the feelings of others in mind.

From the Publisher - This engaging workbook includes forty activities to help teens recognize and use their strengths to overcome social skills deficits related to Asperger's disorder or nonverbal learning disorder. Developed especially for teens, the activities in this workbook teach how to learn to read social cues, understand emotions, avoid meltdowns, and more.

The Essential Handbook of Social Anxiety for Clinicians by W. Ray Crozier (Editor), Lynn E. Alden - Editorial Reviews - "...An essential book for professionals working with anxiety due to the well-written, researched and scholarly chapters with many relevant references and a useful index." (International Journal of Adolescent Medical Health, Vol 17 (4), 2005)

" essential book for professionals working with anxiety, due to the well-written, researched and scholarly chapters..." (International Journal of Adolescence Med Health, vol 17, no.4, 2004)

"...An essential book...well-written, researched and scholarly chapters with many relevant references and a useful index." (International Journal of Adolescent Medical Health, Vol 17 (4), 2005) " essential book for professionals working with anxiety, due to the well-written, researched and scholarly chapters..." (International Journal of Adolescence Med Health, vol 17, no.4, 2004)

Product Description - Essentials of Social Anxiety is a shorter, revised paperback edition of The International Handbook of Social Anxiety, focusing on developmental and clinical perspectives. It is organized into two parts: The Development of Social Anxiety; and Clinical Perspectives and Interventions. Like the International Handbook, it covers research, assessment and treatment, giving clinical practitioners comprehensive coverage of the area and a single concise desk reference.

Overcoming Your Child's Shyness and Social Anxiety by Cathy Creswell and Lucy Willetts - Product Description - While many children are naturally shy, extreme shyness or social anxiety can become a major childhood problem. Children may fear going to school to the point of developing a phobia, they may avoid making friends and miss out on valuable learning and developmental experiences. Childhood shyness can also set a pattern for social anxiety in adulthood. In "Overcoming Your Child's Shyness and Social Anxiety", child psychologists Lucy Willetts and Cathy Creswell explain how parents can help a shy child learn to challenge their thoughts and behaviour patterns and learn to participate confidently in every aspect of their lives. Based on clinically proven cognitive behavioural principles, the book explains what causes shyness, how to identify social anxiety in your child (sometimes masked by anger or stubbornness) and how to gradually help your child face their anxieties and develop problem-solving strategies. This book is a must for parents, teachers and anyone working with children.

About the Author - Lucy Willetts and Cathy Creswell both work at the anxiety disorders research clinic at the University of Reading which offers specialist treatment of childhood anxiety disorders and conducts ongoing research in this field.

Shy Children, Phobic Adults: Nature And Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder by Deborah C. Beidel and Samuel M. Turner - Product Description - This book describes the clinical presentation of social anxiety disorder, presents theoretical perspectives on its etiology, and examines the latest empirical data with respect to both pharmacological and behavioral interventions. Social anxiety disorder occurs in children, adolescents, and adults, but its manifestation and treatment differ depending on developmental factors. Drawing from a broad literature base as well as their extensive clinical experience, the authors illustrate the impact of developmental stage on all aspects of the disorder. They also provide practical implementation guidelines, enhanced by case examples, tips on patient management, lists of assessment instruments, and sample forms to use with clients. Since publication of the first edition in 1998, knowledge about social anxiety disorder has advanced on several fronts. The new edition includes information from new studies differentiating patterns of distress characteristic of social anxiety disorder vs. social phobia. It draws on more substantive data bases to support firmer conclusions about the presentation of social anxiety disorder among children and adolescents as well as across various ethnocultural groups. New assessment strategies reviewed in this book include neuroassessments using magnetic resonance imaging, and well-validated self-report instruments and clinician rating scales. Authors review greatly expanded literature addressing pharmacological treatment and psychosocial treatments. New case descriptions and clinical materials are also included. This highly informative and comprehensive volume will be illuminating reading for practitioners, researchers, and students.

Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal With Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries by Diane Peters Mayer - Product Description - Every year, more than 68 million students of every age find themselves worrying excessively about their first day of school, even before it begins. Their hearts race, their stomachs turn, and their palms sweat just thinking about getting on the school bus for the first time, that first pop quiz, or that notoriously strict teacher. For parents of these children, nothing can be more upsetting than dropping their kids off on the first day of school, wondering how they will cope. Now, they can stop worrying and start helping. As a seasoned psychotherapist, Diane Peters Mayer has successfully treated hundreds of elementary school students suffering from this common disorder. In Overcoming School Anxiety, she shows parents how to deal with a wide variety of problems, from test and homework anxiety, to bullying, and fear of speaking up in class. Mayer also offers easy-to-learn techniques for children including breathing and relaxation exercises, focusing techniques, and tips on proper diet and exercise that help relieve stress. Filled with real-life examples as well as proven advice for working with teachers, principals, and counselors, this is the only comprehensive guide that will enable every parent to help a child cope, build confidence, and succeed in school.

Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youth: Characteristics, Assessment, and Psychological Treatment (Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders) by Christopher A. Kearney - Product Description - The youngster who won't talk to anyone. The child who avoids social and extracurricular activities. The teenager who has trouble performing before others.

Many children experience social anxiety in certain settings. Some, however, perhaps as many as 4%, experience a clinical condition of severe social and evaluative anxiety that profoundly affects many life situations. Christopher A. Kearney's Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youth sorts out the many nuances of thought and behavior associated with this condition. In doing so, the author gives practitioners and researchers a thorough, up-to-date understanding of childhood social anxiety and social phobia with respect to their characteristics, assessment, and treatment.

- Introductory chapter covers related concepts such as shyness, introversion, and social withdrawal.

- Accessible coverage of epidemiology, biological, and environmental risk factors.

- Provides integrated etiological models and a proposed developmental pathway.

- Clarifies differences of normal childhood and adolescent concerns and their more pathological counterparts.

- Applied examples feature typical as well as unusual cases.

- Later chapters cover empirically-based assessment and treatment recommendations.

- Strategies for relapse prevention are provided.

Clinical and counseling psychologists, school and educational psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and pediatricians will appreciate Kearney's clarity, organization, and depth of coverage. For principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and other school-based professionals, Social Anxiety and Social Phobia in Youth helps answer their question, "Why won't this child participate?"

About the Author - Christopher A. Kearney received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1990 from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center prior to accepting an academic position at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Kearney is currently a Professor of Psychology at UNLV and Director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He has received several university awards for teaching and research and has published several books and dozens of journal articles regarding youths with anxiety disorders and school refusal behavior. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Behavior Therapy, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, and Journal of Gambling Studies.

Overcoming Shyness and Social Anxiety by Ruth Searle - Product Description - The number of people with some form of shyness has increased, and research now suggests that up to 50 per cent of people experience it. Many of these are "shy extroverts" - people who are publicly outgoing, but privately experience painful thoughts or feelings. Social phobia, the more chronic form of shyness, is now thought to affect about 13 per cent of people. People who are shy are also at increased risk of depression and anxiety. The growth in shyness may be partly due to increased reliance on technology as a means of communicating, leaving people less adept at face to face interaction. As children are increasingly forced off the streets and families become smaller so there are fewer opportunities for unstructured, unsupervised interaction. Finally, automation is replacing human contact in many areas of life from ATMs to the notorious telephone answering services. This book looks at: the anthropological and cultural contexts of shyness; social development and personality; the benefits of shyness such as more committed relationships; how to increase confidence; dealing with social anxiety; finding friends and romance; and, shyness and longer-lasting psychological problems.

About the Author - Ruth Searle is a scientist and former hospice nurse with several academic and business books to her credit. She is author of The Thinking Person's Guide to Happiness, and Coping with Compulsive Eating, both by Sheldon. She has also contributed to the New Scientist, The Journal of Natural History, Brain and Behavioural Sciences and BBC Wildlife magazine, among others.

Social Anxiety Disorder (Medical Psychiatry Series) by Borwin Bandelow and Dan J. Stein - Product Description - Social anxiety disorder is one of the most prevalent and disabling of all psychiatric disorders. Fortunately, there have been significant advances in our understanding and treatment of this condition. Written by preeminent scientists in the field, this reference provides an authoritative and up-to-date account of current knowledge on social anxiety disorder (SAD)‹providing state-of-the-art reviews and analyses of the psychopathology, pathogenesis, and management of this condition.

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