Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety: A Comprehensive Guide to Gaining Social Confidence

Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety: A Comprehensive Guide to Gaining Social Confidence

by Erika B. Hilliard R.S.W.
     
 

Anxiety disorders are among the most commonly diagnosed psychological conditions in America, currently affecting more than 19 million people. In Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety, distinguished therapist and mental health expert Erika B. Hilliard offers a comprehensive guide to living fully and confidently with such conditions. In warm, reassuring

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Anxiety disorders are among the most commonly diagnosed psychological conditions in America, currently affecting more than 19 million people. In Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety, distinguished therapist and mental health expert Erika B. Hilliard offers a comprehensive guide to living fully and confidently with such conditions. In warm, reassuring language, she covers in-depth all of the relevant topics, including how to calm your body, blushing, eye contact, body language, medications, heart racing, goal setting, shy bladder syndrome, cultivating positive thoughts, and ways to prepare for stressful social situations—many of which are only briefly touched upon in other books. Uniquely organized into three distinct, logical, easy-to-digest sections—The Body, The Mind, and Action—this book offers optimum comprehensiveness and readability, and is encouraging and supportive throughout. Living Fully with Shyness and Social Anxiety provides the most thorough resource for those looking for an honest, destigmatized approach to something experienced to varying degrees by nearly everyone.

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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 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569243978
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Edition description:
Comprehens
Pages:
317
Sales rank:
1,098,451
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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