Overcoming social anxiety and shyness pdf
Self Help for Social AnxietySocial Anxiety is an anxiety disorder where we believe that others will judge us negatively "th ey'll think I'm an idiot" etc , and it is therefore experienced most acutely in situations when we are with other people. Our attention is very self-focussed - on what we must look like to others, what they might be thinking of us, trying to interpret every glance or other unspoken gesture or expression and what it might say about what they think about us. We become 'mind-readers' and imagine that we can correctly assume what others are thinking about us. Because we don't want to experience this anxiety and it's normal body response , we tend to avoid situations when it might happen, and therefore are unlikely to learn that it could be ok and we could actually enjoy ourselves. If we do have to go, then we use 'safety behaviours' to help us cope, such as trying not to be noticed, avoiding eye contact, holding or fiddling with something, trying to hide e. This all increases the self-focus. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy helps us learn to challenge the unhelpful thoughts and beliefs, learn to control our focus of attention, and change what we do.
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Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness
Many people get nervous or self-conscious on occasion, like when giving a speech or interviewing for a new job. But social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is more than just shyness or occasional nerves. These situations may be so frightening that you get anxious just thinking about them or go to great lengths to avoid them, disrupting your life in the process. Underlying social anxiety disorder is the fear of being scrutinized, judged, or embarrassed in public. But no matter how painfully shy you may be and no matter how bad the butterflies, you can learn to be comfortable in social situations and reclaim your life. Many people struggle with these fears.
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Through ten years of clinical research with the University of Oxford, she helped to develop and evaluate cognitive behavioural treatments for social phobia and for generalized anxiety disorder. She has a special clinical interest in the use of CBT during recovery from traumatic experiences in childhood and runs training workshops on a wide variety of topics relevant to practitioners of CBT, in the UK and other countries. She is particularly interested in making the products of research available to the general public and, in addition to being the author of Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness, she is co-author of Manage Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide and of Psychology: A Very Short Introduction. His original book on bulimia nervosa and binge-eating founded the series in and continues to help many thousands of people in the USA, the UK and Europe. The aim of the series is to help people with a wide range of common problems and disorders to take control of their own recovery programme using the latest techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy. Each book, with its specially tailored programme, is devised by a practising clinician. Many books in the Overcoming series are now recommended by the UK Department.