The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming your Fear

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New Harbinger Publications, Jul 2, 2008 - Self-Help - 272 pages
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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.

    This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.

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    Contents

    Part 1
    3
    Chapter 1
    5
    Chapter 2
    29
    Chapter 3
    39
    Part 2
    63
    Chapter 4
    65
    Chapter 5
    93
    Chapter 6
    107
    Chapter 7
    143
    Chapter 8
    165
    Chapter 9
    191
    Chapter 10
    203
    Chapter 11
    233
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    About the author (2008)

    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. Visit him online at www.martinantony.com.

    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, leading to the publication of Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Anxiety Disorders in 2006.

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