Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques

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The Overcoming self-help guides use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. CBT is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.

This self-help manual explains why anxiety occurs and sets out practical methods of resolving it. Everyone sometimes feels foolish, embarrassed, judged or criticized, but these feelings ...

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Overview

The Overcoming self-help guides use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques to treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. CBT is internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming long-standing and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical.

This self-help manual explains why anxiety occurs and sets out practical methods of resolving it. Everyone sometimes feels foolish, embarrassed, judged or criticized, but these feelings become a problem when they undermine our confidence and prevent us from doing what we want to do. This easy-to-use guide, highlighting real-life examples, is an ideal manual for those who suffer from all degrees of social anxiety and shyness, for their families and friends, and for the professionals who help them. Explains the many forms and causes of social anxiety, Contains a complete self-help program and work sheets, Is based on clinically proven techniques of cognitive therapy.

About the Author:
Gillian Butler is a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465005451
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/12/2008
  • Series: Overcoming
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 83,004
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Gillian Butler is a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She practices with the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 Understanding Social Anxiety 1
1 What Is Social Anxiety? 4
2 About Shyness 20
3 In Social Anxiety All in the Mind? The Central Role of Thinking in Social Anxiety 34
4 Where Does Social Anxiety Come From? What Causes It? 45
5 Explaining Social Anxiety: Understanding what Happens When Someone Is Socially Anxious 61
Pt. 2 Overcoming Social Anxiety 79
6 Starting Points 82
7 Changing Thinking Patterns 97
8 Doing Things Differently 120
9 Reducing Self-Consciousness 145
10 Building Up Confidence 161
11 Putting It All Together 188
Pt. 3 Some Optional Extras 199
12 About Being Assertive 202
13 The Legacy of Being Bullied 216
14 Relaxation 226
Other Useful Books 235
Index 237
App.: Worksheets 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Definitely Worth Reading

    Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Over and over I tried ignoring my anxiety and yelling at myself, but things weren't changing. Reading this book was something new for me and was well worth it. I was really surprised at how many times the book mentioned very specific thought patterns that were the exact same as my own. I think the book is written well and organized well and I feel like I have tools now to better recognize my anxiety and overcome it. Depending on your level of anxiety you may need additional resources (explained in the book) to help you succeed in overcoming your anxiety. But for me, this is exactly what I needed at this time.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2011

    Very thorough book

    This book is an excellent synopsis of how to treat social anxiety with cognitive behavioral therapy. Might be used well in conjunction with individual therapy. Delves into exactly what social anxiety is caused by and ways to change thinking patterns and behavior. It doesn't say much about medication, which for some people might help in conjunction with this book. However, it is an excellent, easy-to-read first book on the subject. The author is gentle, knowledgable, and encouraging, and this book is well-worth the money for such good information.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    Extremely helpful

    Is my anxiety cured? No. But im in a much better state of mind now than I was before. I recommend this to anyone looking to overcome social anxiety.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Good book

    Great book with info to relate to...some of the examples were dead on...i would also suggest reading it twice..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    would highly recommend

    This book is very informative and has already helped me tremendously in recognizing and coping with issues I have been having. I would definitely recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Great

    Great book very detailed, This shold be manatory read for all

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