We've all been affected by shyness and social anxiety at some time, but for many it can be a crippling problem, damaging careers, social life and relationships. Research suggests that 40 per cent or more of people describe themselves as shy, while many show clinical symptoms and may even avoid social contact altogether. Fortunately, as Coping Successfully with Shyness shows, social anxiety and shyness are among the most treatable psychological problems. This book, written by an experienced team of psychologists, is packed full of advice on what to do if you feel disempowered, embarrassed or fearful in social situations. Topics include:
- how anxiety may have evolved as a survival impulse
- signs and symptoms such as blushing, stammering, shaking, dizziness, pounding heart and nausea
- how worrying may make shyness worse
- why previous solutions may not have worked effective,
- specific skills for managing social anxiety
- reducing self-consciousness and avoidance
- the importance of learning to relax
- how to help someone with the problem
- when self-help isn't enough
It's possible for almost everyone to overcome social fears, using the modern psychological methods brought together in this book. Learn to fly high - don't let shyness stop you doing what you want to do in life!
Dr Carina Eriksen is a counselling psychologist. Ceilidh Stapelkamp researches cancer survival at KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s College School of Medicine, London.
Professor Robert Bor is a Chartered Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist registered with the UK Health Professions Council. He is also a Family and Couple's Therapist, registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. He works therapeutically with adults, young people and children who have a range of problems, as well as with individuals, couples and families, drawing on cognitive behavioural, systemic and psychodynamic ideas.
In the NHS he is a consultant psychologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London. He also has a busy private psychology practice and is co-director of Dynamic Change Consultants which offers psychological therapy to people as well as executive coaching to leaders in the private sector. Rob is a child psychologist and consults to three leading schools - St Paul's School, the Royal Ballet School and IFS, all in London. He is also the consultant psychologist at the London Oncology Clinic and the London Clinic, both in Harley Street, and provides psychological services to Blossoms Healthcare in the City of London. Rob has a special interest in aviation psychology and in treating people who have a fear of flying.
Rob has published more than 25 books and 150 academic papers on counselling and therapy. He consults to private clients and organizations throughout the UK and internationally.