Overcoming Shyness and Social Anxiety

  • by Ruth Searle
  • Narrated by Bob Sinfield
  • 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The number of people with some form of shyness has increased, and research now suggests that up to 50% of people experience it. Many of these are ""shy extroverts"" - people who are publicly outgoing, but privately experience painful thoughts or feelings. Social phobia, the more chronic form of shyness, is now thought to affect about 13% of people. People who are shy are also at increased risk of depression and anxiety. The growth in shyness may be partly due to increased reliance on technology as a means of communicating, leaving people less adept at face to face interaction. As children are increasingly forced off the streets and families become smaller so there are fewer opportunities for unstructured, unsupervised interaction. Finally, automation is replacing human contact in many areas of life from ATMs to the notorious telephone answering services. This book looks at:
The anthropological and cultural contexts of shyness
Social development and personality
The benefits of shyness such as more committed relationships
How to increase confidence
Dealing with social anxiety
Finding friends and romance
Shyness and longer-lasting psychological problems


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sounds like someone reading a dissertation

As someone who suffers from social anxiety due to a horrid spate of bullying at school, I was looking for a way of addressing these issues via an audio book.

The information is horribly dry and just filled with statistics which ultimately do nothing apart from letting you know that your condition is quite common and is filled with terribly patronising by telling me that introverted people are more empathic..I dont care!

The advice in this book is filled with painful advice suggesting small talk introductions and getting people to talk about themselves as people like talking about themselves.

Its like a mix between a PHD and a well meaning mother offering impractical advice which doesnt address and solve the underlying problems.

A very poor and impractical audio book which does not tell you how to overcome shyness and social anxiety, but rather how to develop behaviour to blend in, to accept that this is your genetic lot in life via scientific data, to learn conversation techniques and that an introverted person is perfectly normal, so chin up and stop criticising yourself.

This book is written by someone who has not suffered from social anxiety and shyness, or has done and manages her condition by clinging onto scientific norms and "so tell me about yourself" types of conversation.

Absolute waste of time

Do not bother, it is an awful book.
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- Sparks

Difficult to listen to

I was disappointed with this book. The content ranges from irrelevant technical stuff to painfully obvious (really does not need to be stated) material.

The sing song style of the narrator is very patronising and irritating.
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- Craig Beck

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2009
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing