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Overcoming Shyness and Social Phobia

"Overcoming Shyness and Social Phobia: A Step-By-Step Guide" provides a detailed programme for eliminating social anxieties. It is based on the latest cognitive behavioural treatments for social phobia. The techniques presented here have been extensively tested and have been shown to be significantly more beneficial than medication and other types of psychotherapy. The book is written in simple language and provides a commonsense approach to treatment. Four people with social phobia are introduced at the beginning and these cases are followed throughout the book, illustrating the application of each technique. The book also includes progress sheets and monitoring forms for users to copy. Each section concludes with homework tasks and assignments for users to practice. This book should be useful to both therapists and to individuals wishing to solve problems on their own. For therapists it can be advantageously used in conjunction with "Social Phobia: Clinical Application on Evidence-Based Psychotherapy", by Rapee and Sanderson.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Lesson 1. Motivation and Self Control Chapter 2 Lesson 2. Understanding Shyness and Social Phobia Chapter 3 Lesson 3. Thinking Realistically I Chapter 4 Lesson 4. Thinking Realistically II Chapter 5 Lesson 5. Training Your Attention Chapter 6 Lesson 6. Reality Testing Chapter 7 Lesson 7. Getting Feedback and Improving Performance Chapter 8 Lesson 8. Taking Stock Chapter 9 Lesson 9. Special Topics

About the Author

Ronald M. Rapee is associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Dr. Rapee has published extensively in international journals in the areas of child and adult anxiety and has wrotten and edited several books.


Dr. Rapee educates, coaches, and guides those who struggle with shyness or social anxiety toward the achievement of a more comfortable ifestyle. His writing is clear and accessible, and his integrative lessons are based on the latest outcome research. Mental health professionals will find the program an indispensable resource for facilitating behavior change in their clients. -- Andrew R. Eisen Offering useful tools for confronting the fears that inhibit millions of people experiencing problems related to shyness or social anxiety, this is a practical, concise self-help guide. The reader will learn ways to think and act differently and will be able to challenge and defeat the negative and unrealistic assumptions that limit personal growth. -- Robert L. Leahy Given that social phobia is the third most common mental disorder (after depression and alcoholism), Dr. Rapee's book is a must for every clinician's library. Mental health professionals can recommend it with confidence, since all of the strategies are firmly grounded in two decades of empirical research. The case examples make the strategies come alive. Readers can work systematically through the nine lessons to conquer social fears on their own or they can use the book in conjunction with ongoing therapy for social phobia. Congratulations to Dr. Rapee on an excellent, timely contribution! -- Debra A. Hope

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