Coping with Shyness and Social Phobia

Coping with Shyness and Social Phobia

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We all know what it’s like to feel shy: our confidence fails us and we’re left tongue-tied or embarrassed. For many the problem can escalate, leaving them feeling isolated and unhappy, unable to live their lives to the full.

In this comprehensive and practical guide, psychologist Crozier and Alden explore shyness in all its forms, helping readers understand how it begins and escalates. They also offer a range of effective, easy-to-use strategies for coping with the common problem, including advice on:

  • The different causes of shyness
  • Strategies for overcoming Social Anxiety Disorder
  • The range of treatment and support options available
  • Benefits of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

With real-life examples, and a full list of support organisations and web groups, this is essential reading for anyone trying to understand their own shyness or the social anxieties of those around them.


Authors: W. Ray Crozier and Lynn Alden.

Format: Softcover book, 246 pages.

Publisher: Oneworld, 2009.

AboutRay Crozier

Ray Crozier is Professor of Psychology at the University of East Anglia and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Lynn E. Alden is Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.


“An invaluable resource for anyone who is troubled by shyness or social anxiety and who wants to know what to do about it.” ~ Robert J. Edelmann, Chartered Clinical, Forensic and Health Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

“Written by internationally recognized experts. Highly recommended for sufferers, their families, and professional.” ~ David M. Clark, Professor of Psychology, King’s College, London.

“An intelligent, up-to-date and sensitive look at these two common by highly misunderstood emotional conditions. Individuals who now the pains and problems of shyness and social phobia are fortunate to have as a source of social support the sense of dedication and compassion Crozier and Alden offer in this wonderful book.” Bernardo J Carducci, Director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast, US.