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Book Title: The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-By-Step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear|
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The author of the book: Martin M. Antony
Edition: New Harbinger Publications
Date of issue: July 2nd 2008
ISBN 13: 9781608820719
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 365 KB
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I understand that people are justifiably suspicious of anything associated with the words "self help." But for me... I just reached a point where I was like, "Enough is enough is enough!" I needed help with my social anxiety, and I found it in this book.
The exercises in this book are easy to complete and heavily grounded in research. They are based on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, which 1) has you complete a self-assessment of your anxiety, 2) has you practice cognitive strategies to help change your maladaptive thinking patterns and 3) has you practice exposure training, in which you systematically and repeatedly expose yourself to the situations and sensations that make you nervous.
I went full Tracy Flick on this and made a binder, with a divider for each of the three parts. I've been working steadily through the book since late August, filling each section with exercises that I photo copied from the book then completed. I also added a fourth section for journaling about my progress and a fifth section for interesting articles and stuff I found that doesn't fit anywhere else.
The hardest part has been the exposure training. It's the real engine of CBT. You can reason with the rational part of your brain with things like "What's the worst that could happen?" and so on, but that anxiety-ridden part of your brain that's not so different from a cockroach's will keep right on futzing in circles until you confront the problem head on. John B. Watson did it with kids who were terrified of bunny rabbits, and I've done it to myself over my fear of getting thrown off the bus for not having the right fare. The 'C' in CBT helps you rationalize your way through your anxiety, and the 'B' helps the rest of your brain catch up. Because once you've gotten on 15 buses in a row without the proper fare, like I did, and nothing even remotely bad happened, it's pretty silly to keep thinking that #16 is going to be a catastrophe.
CBT and this book have been a revelation to me, and I can't recommended them enough. CBT, so's ya know, has also been found to work for people with depression, eating disorders, and other forms of anxiety. And if you have social anxiety but would prefer a more traditional therapist-and-medicine approach, there's information in this book about that, too.
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