Overcoming Social Anxiety And Shyness, A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, is available to buy through Mental Health Books.
Although a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Gillian Butler has written this book with sufferers in mind, and offers clearly-written and effective strategies for overcoming such conditions as panic disorder, chronic phobias, depression and anxiety. It is an empowering workbook for anyone who has ever felt powerless and paralysed by their chronic fear and lack of confidence.
The first part of the book examines the history of social anxiety, and analysis of what actually happens when social anxiety strikes. Part Two then offers a complete and comprehensive practical guide rooted in CBT, intended to effectively manage these fears and change patterns of negative thinking. Much of this is centered around the reduction of self-consciousness, which of course is something that many of us struggle with. The third and final part of the book offers additional information on relaxation techniques, dealing with the legacy of childhood bullying, and much more besides.
Those of us looking for a practical and commonsense approach to overcoming generalized and more specific anxiety disorders will benefit greatly from this book. It is also recommended reading for those with a wider interest in human and social behaviors.