“A ground-breaking, helpful and insightful guide to overcoming shyness.” –Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, Founder of Compassion Focused Therapy”Exceptionally well written, organized and presented.” –Midwest Book Review
BERKELEY, Calif. (PRWEB)
April 26, 2022
A ground-breaking, helpful and insightful guide to overcoming shyness.”
–Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, Founder of Compassion Focused Therapy
Nearly all of us have experienced moments of shyness, social awkwardness, uncertainty and anxiety. Perhaps it was when meeting new people, going on a first date, having a job interview, speaking to people in authority, or talking in small groups of people. Physical sensations may accompany the feelings of anxiety such as a dry mouth, butterflies in the stomach, a voice that sounded shaky and trembling or perhaps went gravelly and croaky with repeated throat clearing.
Shyness has evolved as an emotion over thousands of years and can be helpful in some circumstances. However, it can become a problem when it interferes with life goals, develops into social anxiety disorder or leads to ‘learned pessimism’, mild depression and even ‘learned helplessness’. In this way, shyness and shame often hold us back from realizing our potential and from engaging with others wholeheartedly.
The Shyness Workbook: Take Control of Social Anxiety Using Your Compassionate Mind (Robinson, an Imprint of Little Brown Book Group/Hachette; April 26, 2022, $24.99) by Lynne Henderson is a practical self-help workbook, which sets out the background to shyness – its evolutionary functions and why it becomes chronic in some people – and teaches skills and exercises to help overcome problematic shyness. Using this workbook, readers will learn how to:
· Cope with shy feelings and debunk anxious thoughts
· Develop self-compassion
· Practice new, confident behaviors
Full of fresh insights and exercises, The Shyness Workbook will support readers on their journey into developing social self-confidence.
THE COMPASSIONATE MIND APPROACH
The self-help books in this series are based on the Compassionate Mind Approach (developed by series editor Paul Gilbert). This brings together an understanding of how our mind can cause us difficulties but also provides us with a powerful solution in the shape of mindfulness and compassion. It teaches ways to stimulate the part of the brain connected with kindness, warmth, compassion and safeness, and to calm the part that makes us feel anxious, angry, sad or depressed.
About the Author
Lynne Henderson is a licensed clinical psychologist with over forty years of experience. She founded the Social Fitness Center, and is founder and Co-Director, with Philip Zimbardo, of the Shyness Institute. She was a visiting scholar in the Psychology Department at Stanford University for thirteen years, a lecturer for five years, and a faculty member in Continuing Studies. Dr Henderson …….