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The Shyness Breakthrough: A No-Stress Plan to Help Your Shy Child Warm Up, Open Up, and Join the Fun
     

The Shyness Breakthrough: A No-Stress Plan to Help Your Shy Child Warm Up, Open Up, and Join the Fun

by Bernardo J. Carducci, Lisa Kaiser
 

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Is Your Child Being Held Back By Shyness?

Dr. Bernardo Carducci, one of the world's leading authorities on shy behavior, shows you how to help your child join the fun by plainly explaining:

The causes of childhood shyness (it's not genetic)

Why children don't just "grow out of it"--and why it's crucial to address shyness early in life

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Is Your Child Being Held Back By Shyness?

Dr. Bernardo Carducci, one of the world's leading authorities on shy behavior, shows you how to help your child join the fun by plainly explaining:

The causes of childhood shyness (it's not genetic)

Why children don't just "grow out of it"--and why it's crucial to address shyness early in life

The family dynamics that may secretly be triggering shy behavior

Why shyness can drive teenagers to rebellious or cynical behavior

Understand your child's unique shyness profile and discover how to create a personalized Shyness Breakthrough Plan to ease him through:

The first day at a new school

Meeting relatives

Being called on in class

Slumber parties

Sports practices, music lessons, visiting Santa . . . and more!

Editorial Reviews

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“This wonderful book offers a readable, easily followed plan for helping children, as well as adults, win over the challenges that shyness poses for them. Dr. Carducci brings years of experience successfully working with shy youngsters to this set of new advice on transforming shyness into sociability.” —Philip G. Zimbardo, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of The Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Shyness from Infancy to Adulthood

“Dr. Carducci is an internationally recognized expert on the psychology of shyness. His new book provides a well-organized, easy to use, and tremendously helpful Shyness Breakthrough Plan that will help parents guide a shy child or adolescent toward success.” —Jonathan M. Cheek, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Wellesley College and author of Conquering Shyness

“Dr. Carducci always surprises me with his creative thinking and compassion. I am impressed by how well he listens to the voices of the shy and extracts so much meaning from them. All in all, this is a book of wise optimism that can help children break out of the prison that shyness can sometimes be for them.” —Hara Estroff Marano, editor-at-large for Psychology Today magazine

“The Shyness Breakthrough provides an easy-to-follow plan to help children of any age 'warm up' in shy situations and develop the interpersonal skills needed for social confidence. I highly recommend this plan for becoming 'successfully shy' for any shy person or the people who love them.” —Diane F. Halpern, Ph.D., president-elect of the American Psychological Association and director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children and professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College

Publishers Weekly
Carducci (Shyness: A Bold New Approach), a director of the Shyness Research Institute in New Albany, Ind., has been studying shyness for 20 years. Here he focuses on shy children and how parents can help, maintaining that it's vital to learn how to address and manage shyness early on so that the shy child doesn't miss out on valuable experiences now and later in life. Exploring nature vs. nurture theories, Carducci concludes that although shyness has a biological basis, the trait is also influenced by parents, childhood relationships and an individual's feelings about him- or herself. Importantly, Carducci stresses that parents can help a shy child learn to live "successfully" with his natural temperament. Offering concrete strategies, Carducci guides parents through such essential topics as building social skills, making friends, mastering play skills, finding the right school and learning to confront academic and peer issues. A chapter on teens and the unique demands placed upon the shy adolescent is also included, with helpful suggestions on subjects ranging from how to deal with slumber parties to coping with shy kids who retreat from social situations into computers. Parents of shy youngsters will appreciate Carducci's compassionate tone and his underlying message that shyness is a natural, manageable trait that requires patience and understanding rather than a flaw that needs a quick remedy. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A self-professed "successfully shy" person, Carducci (director, Shyness Research Inst., Indiana Univ.; Shyness: A Bold New Approach) has written an in-depth, encouraging book about how to help your child overcome shyness. It thoroughly examines every aspect of shyness, including family sources of shyness, the nature vs. nurture question, shyness triggers for all ages of children, and strategies for overcoming shyness throughout a child's life. Strategies include improved communication with children about their shyness triggers, focusing on the familiar even in a "new" situation, and gradually modifying behavior. Relevant research and an excellent bibliography round out the text. The result, accessible to parents but useful to those in the counseling professions as well, updates two works titled The Shy Child. It offers new approaches and research not available in Philip G. Zimbardo and Shirley L. Radl's 1982 work (such as information on Asperger's Syndrome) while expanding the understanding of shyness offered in Ward K. Swallow and Laurie Halse Anderson's (2000), which defined shyness as only a personality type. Absorbing this book could mimic participation in therapy for those parents and children who take the time to read the entire volume and do all the recommended activities, including keeping a shyness journal. Recommended for all libraries.-Alice Hershiser, Reedville, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579547615
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/29/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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