Coping with Shyness and Social Phobia A Guide to Understanding and Overcoming Social Anxiety

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications

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We all know what it's like to feel shy: our confidence fails us and we're left tongue-tied or embarrassed. For many the problem can escalate, leaving them feeling isolated and unhappy, unable to live their lives to the full.

Author Biography

W. Ray Crozier is Professor of Psychology at the University of East Anglia and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Lynn E. Alden is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Series Forewordp. ix
Is this book for you?p. 1
What is the book about?p. 1
What does the book cover?p. 3
An overviewp. 8
What is social anxiety?p. 9
The situations that elicit anxietyp. 9
Anxiety, shyness, and embarrassmentp. 14
The nature of anxietyp. 16
Prevalencep. 23
Need to change?p. 25
Summaryp. 27
What is shyness?p. 30
Shyness, talk, and silencep. 30
Shyness and related conceptsp. 34
Key pointsp. 49
The experience of shynessp. 51
Feeling shyp. 51
Being a shy personp. 63
Some unwanted consequences of shynessp. 69
Overcoming shynessp. 71
Key pointsp. 72
What is social anxiety disorder?p. 74
Social anxiety as a clinical conditionp. 74
The diagnosis of social anxiety disorderp. 80
Do I suffer from social anxiety disorder?p. 83
What does research into social anxiety tell us?p. 87
Key pointsp. 92
Is treatment for you?p. 94
How do you know if you need treatment?p. 94
Deciding to seek treatmentp. 96
What types of treatment are available?p. 103
Other approaches to changep. 110
How do I choose a treatment approach?p. 113
Other problemsp. 118
How do I find the right therapist?p. 120
Key pointsp. 122
Psychological therapyp. 124
What is cognitive behaviour therapy?p. 124
Treatment formatp. 135
Components of treatmentp. 135
Key pointsp. 143
Overcoming social anxiety: strategies for changep. 145
Strategies for changep. 146
Approaching social situationsp. 154
Updating beliefs and predictionsp. 162
Treatment effectivenessp. 163
Key pointsp. 164
Medicationp. 166
Medication in the treatment of social anxiety disorderp. 166
What drugs are used in the treatment of social anxiety disorder?p. 170
The place of medication in the treatment of social anxiety disorderp. 183
Key pointsp. 192
Fear of blushingp. 195
Blushing and social anxietyp. 195
What is a blush?p. 199
The circumstances of blushingp. 201
Anxieties about blushingp. 207
The Treatment of fear of blushingp. 211
Key pointsp. 217
Rounding things upp. 220
The nature of shynessp. 220
The treatment of social anxietyp. 223
Finallyp. 228
Notesp. 230
Appendix: List of websites and their contact addressesp. 241
Indexp. 243
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