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Question, has anyone read 'Overcoming Social Anxiety: Step by Step'? Thinking of spending the $25 on it but just want to hear some reviews on it...
You'll have to memorize the whole book, that's the point of his goddamn program be it book or the online audio with included handouts from the book. Him and his program is starting to get on my nerves, next thing you know I quit him and get on meds again, at least I had progress faster there, this is taking forever. I feel like screaming. I do scream, I scream so much.

You shouldn't just read this book, you have to memorize it and beat it down and repeat it, this doctor is mental, I really don't like him anymore, the way he treats me and ignores me, wow, **** you doctor Richards.

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Question, has anyone read 'Overcoming Social Anxiety: Step by Step'? Thinking of spending the $25 on it but just want to hear some reviews on it...
It's great stuff otherwise, if you devote and dedicate time to learn this stuff and use the cognitive and behavioral strategies and methods in real life anxiety situations, then the book is useful. The damn book is the same as the online program but without his godforsaken explanation of his social anxiety and other sweets(e.g. audio). I went through the whole online program and about half-way he stops adding videos, songs, and supplemental materials and only has the handouts which is exactly what is in the book, but he still has the personal audio all the way to thee end. Pssh this guy.

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It's great stuff otherwise, if you devote and dedicate time to learn this stuff and use the cognitive and behavioral strategies and methods in real life anxiety situations, then the book is useful. The damn book is the same as the online program but without his godforsaken explanation of his social anxiety and other sweets(e.g. audio). I went through the whole online program and about half-way he stops adding videos, songs, and supplemental materials and only has the handouts which is exactly what is in the book, but he still has the personal audio all the way to thee end. Pssh this guy.
Hey so do you think the book is enough then? I have access to audio 1-10 (it's on the andrei barbu channel on youtube if you search overcoming social anxiety.) I feel like it's really working so far. So maybe those audios and then really committing to the book will be enough?

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Question, has anyone read 'Overcoming Social Anxiety: Step by Step'? Thinking of spending the $25 on it but just want to hear some reviews on it...
The audio lessons 1-10 are available on youtube (search overcoming social anxiety step by step, it's on the andrei barbu channel. It's a long audio almost 9 hours, but you can always download it via a youtube to mp3 app and then split the lessons via an mp3 splitterapp.) I don't have the money to buy the program and don't feel comfy with torrents etc. so i really appreciate that some of it is up online.

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Thanks, guys! Didn't realize some of the lessons were online; will probably start listening later tonight. Just hope it will help, in the long run.
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Hey so do you think the book is enough then? I have access to audio 1-10 (it's on the andrei barbu channel on youtube if you search overcoming social anxiety.) I feel like it's really working so far. So maybe those audios and then really committing to the book will be enough?
Wow, that's cool, I am happy people are putting this doctors audio on youtube, let is be heard! It's time he gave it all for free. Maybe, sorry, I have too much and act like a spoilt brat. I deserve a nice whipping.

Omg maybe I have something worse than social anxiety, omg.

I went to youtube and that doesn't sound like the ones I have, the voice is different and the wording I guess.

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Wow, that's cool, I am happy people are putting this doctors audio on youtube, let is be heard! It's time he gave it all for free. Maybe, sorry, I have too much and act like a spoilt brat. I deserve a nice whipping.

Omg maybe I have something worse than social anxiety, omg.

I went to youtube and that doesn't sound like the ones I have, the voice is different and the wording I guess.
Yup it's the older version, but i can afford free and it's def working for me.

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here is a link to the old audio therapy

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Wow bro ^, I ain't clicking on stuff! Yes, the book is very good for anyone who wants to save money, imo the only reason I got the audio is because I read on Dr. Richards website that I would need the audio series in order to be in his group. Well, I didn't know how it would be, so I just got the audio series online, okay, and I should have just bought the book, okay it's like basically the same thing, except you get more information about how to study and what to do from the audio series. What I remember is you need to spend 1 week repeating the same session before going to the next session, and if you use the book only it is pretty hard to figure out which is which and where the next session begins and where it ends. So with the online series you get more information and you know which session is which and everything is very easy. So if you do get the book, keep in mind that you do have to repeat every session for a week before moving on to the next, I hope ya'll can figure it out.... somehow. And also when you're done with that session -- don't just forget about it! Go over it again along with your current session! And I am very sorry for how I talked about Dr. Richards, I hope he understands my frustrations, and I feel better now. Apologies everyone!

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I def appreciate the link, but I am scared to click it lol. Thanks in any case!

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If anyone wants to know more information, I can say that I received an email from Dr. Richards himself and it says sorry that he can't run the January group since he only accumulated 3 people. IMO, it sounds like he just doesn't want to run any more groups! Come on, 3 people is enough! But the thing is, when he runs the group he is expecting just 100% pure social anxiety, so it seems it just isn't going to work out like he wants it.

So then he also added that some of his older members who are just people like you or me, nothing to be scared of, would want to run a Peer Group themselves and he adds that if anyone is interested in more info to let him know. So, I did let him know and he hasn't replied to me since like December. So, I decided not to bother him anymore. So then I looked in my past emails with this entire SAI thing, and I found some person by the name of Jon. Now, remember these names guys, it's really going to make everything so much easier for you. So, I emailed Jon and also I found someone named Justin but Jon let me know that Justin doesn't live in this state anymore. So then, Jon replied to me and says that he wants to run a Peer Group in March, let's hope March means March of this year.

Oh phew. Okay. So, all Jon says is he will run the group with the help of someone by the name of Mat. Now, their names are really easy to remember, and I hope they can get it running. Other than that, Dr. Richards has mentioned that he would run a group if he gets enough people accumulated, but it just seems like something is fishy.... I don't really get this doctor, I really don't get him. So, if anyone would like Jon's email, please pm me and let me know. And also if you want to contact SAI, you can easily call their office and talk to Mat and ask him about the same Peer Group I am mentioning here that he will help Jon run. Thank God, I hope all the emails I am receiving are not some kind of spam, I want to be in the group and it just seems like it's so confusing and so hard to be in it, it's like looking for a job. I guess, I have really learned how to look for a job now, you keep trying, and you keep emailing and asking and you keep asking and you never give up. Never give up. Okay. Okay.

Also if anyone wants Dr. Richards' email, I don't think he wants to be bothered right now if he can't even reply to me....? And I don't wanna get in trouble, one day he will open his email and wonder who gave his email address to all these socially anxious fans. I really don't want to get in that much trouble, but you can easily get his email address if you purchase his audio program and you receive a receipt and you reply to it. Good luck to us all.

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Also, he's not kidding. Do this therapy everyday lol. The changes are permanent, but when you're just learning the new pathways aren't defined enough and you are liable to have setbacks. I haven't done this in almost a week, have felt ****ty and just realized why lol. Also work one program at a time. Stick with this, or stick with Lucinda Bassett or with Marisa Peer or whatever workbook. Maybe stop consuming other self help literature. Doing too much can become confusing, overwhelming and information overload (fully talking to myself here lol.)

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I find it easier to just skip through the book and read anything I want. I enjoy a more flexible way to study, honestly I can't get the motivation to do the online program right now, so it's good they have a book form for flexibility and comfort. Now, I don't have to listen to or follow Dr. Richards' rules of studying one session for 1 week at a time over and over again and also go over all the sessions before yada yada! I'm taking it easy, I understand when I first started I was doing alot of hard work and following his rules and stuff but since then it's been exactly 6 months and looks like I have wasted 4 months trying to get back into the work flow and just can't. He has even revamped his website rules, as I remember I had to study up to session 8 to be able to get in his group but now he changed it to 6, wow really? But it's a great technique Dr. Richards uses to really get people to start studying these materials, and he really really was able to get me started like never before!!! I bet he only gets people started and then he doesn't have a group for them, it's happening to me so then it must be the truth! He might be 50% scam regarding the groups, or it might seem like a scam only due to the shortage of the 100% social anxiety kind of people he is looking for. It's sad!!! He should also accept the others who seem to 'not fit the diagnosis' like he emailed me those exact words! Now, I am getting paranoid that probably he emailed me that and would say that about me and that's why he's talking **** about there being not enough people to start his group - he's just excluded me cuz I am acting hyper all the time. But you have to behave this way, upbeat about joining his group, isn't that what he is looking for? OMG really!!! Anyway, I am enjoying browsing through the book so if anyone wants to get the book and join me in browsing, let's do it!!! It's so nice though, it feels like I am holding this huge butterfly in my hands on my bed....

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The audio lessons 1-10 are available on youtube (search overcoming social anxiety step by step, it's on the andrei barbu channel. It's a long audio almost 9 hours, but you can always download it via a youtube to mp3 app and then split the lessons via an mp3 splitterapp.) I don't have the money to buy the program and don't feel comfy with torrents etc. so i really appreciate that some of it is up online.
I think it's been taken down. Last weekend it was working fine but now seems to have disappeared.

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I have some information y'all!

https://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-thephoenixgroup/

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I've received an email from Justin Bashore himself, he's the editor and has worked closely with Dr. Richards. He says there will be Summer and Fall groups run by SAI so anyone who is interested email him at justin@socialanxietyinstitute.org

As for me, I'm not going to bail this meetup group for Justin - he's saying he works remotely for Dr. Richards, so he's not even in Phoenix. I hope this meetup group might get into those summer and fall groups or I could go to both woophee! Jesus this stuff is confusing, what's wrong with these people are they starting a war? I thought they were nice people who worked together. Justin bailed on everyone and now he thinks someone will like him - assuming that's what's going on.

Every time I tried to get into Dr. Richards' groups he kept coming up with a different excuse and that he doesn't have enough people. Boy who cried wolf - what if it's the same thing this time round, **** me, I am over him. Good luck (sarcasm) to the lucky people who are gonna get into Dr. Richards' so called group! Now it all makes sense, he found a way for me not to go in his group because I am not 100% social anxiety! Yes, it finally makes sense now, he must hate me! Don't worry dude, I won't go to your special pure group, I'll wonder elsewhere! Jeez, talk about a judgmental psychologist with a Ph.D!

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If you read through the session discussions maybe you'll find some helpful insight.

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I'm working on this and what's gets me is the daily 30 minute study requirement. That is a lot of time to ask for any person who works. That's where I have been weak with this program. Will this help me much unless I do the 30 minute out loud study repeats everyday?

I really wish there was a really good social anxiety specialist psychologist in my area (los angeles) but it seems like the only doctor who knows anything about social anxiety as a specialty is Dr Richards.

No way in heck I could ever move to Arizona for the therapy!
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well the 30 minutes a day is necessary. if you find another specialist he will tell you pretty much the same, noone can do it for you, you need to do it yourself. even the best therapist cant heal you if you dont put in the effort.

think about it this way, youve spent hours and hours every day "practicing" being socially anxious by the way you think, not saying you chose to do so, but thats whats happening. basically, what you want to be doing is to practice being healthy to the same extent instead - which will eventually become automatic just as thinking irrationally and being anxious is automatic at the present time. but for it to become automatic, you need to put into the effort.

its ok tho, every second you spend on doing the program is worth it. you will see the results and the things youre working on will become more natural as the time goes by. dont get discouraged.

and yeah it will kinda help a bit if you do less but dont get tempted to do it that way, youre shooting yourself in the foot. if you cant do the whole 30 mins every single day its not gonna break the whole thing, but you get the picture. you should do it as consistently as you can.
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My 30 minutes a day overflow to 1 hour or 4 hours, bro! At least if you do up to 30 minutes a day you can stop but I keep looking at the time and I go overboard always!

It helps if you read out loud the handouts and record yourself on your computer. I have some recordings saved from last year and I always pee on myself laughing cuz I'm so funny...

Dr. Richards is funny I mean.

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