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SAS Admin 02-26-2010 01:22 PM

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Self-Help Guide Using CBT Techniques of the First Four Titles in the Overcoming Series. The immensely popular international market leader of self-help titles. Step-by-step guides to self-improvement that introduce the methods of the highly regarded cognitive behavioral therapy technique to help readers conquer a broad range of disabling conditions--from worry to body image problems to obsessive compulsive disorder and more.
The accessible, straightforward, and practical books in the Overcoming series treat disorders by changing unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was developed by psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck and is now internationally favored as a practical means of overcoming longstanding and disabling conditions, both psychological and physical. CBT insists that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors. Even when our situation does not change, if we change the self-defeating ways we think, we can make ourselves feel better. This positive, pragmatic approach is popular with therapists and patients alike.
Books in the Overcoming Series:
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DirtyVest 12-06-2011 02:54 PM

Has anyone read this? Did it help?
I have it on my kindle, going to read it when I have time.

VC132 12-06-2011 03:22 PM


Originally Posted by DirtyVest (Post 1059484379)
Has anyone read this? Did it help?
I have it on my kindle, going to read it when I have time.

This book in particular was recommended on another Social Anxiety forum. I've not read it yet.

DirtyVest 12-07-2011 03:27 PM

started reading it today, seems good so far...

Silver81 04-01-2012 08:47 PM

I'm just about finished it and recommend it. It actually gives you assignments like homework to do so you can practice the steps. Pretty much it deals with peoples beliefs and how we aren't born with them we learn them when growing up. These beliefs can be negative as we grow up and cause sad and the book talks about retraining these negative beliefs and retraining your thought patterns.

The Sleeping Dragon 04-19-2012 03:02 PM

Would this also work for avoidant personality disorders?

kurtjb 05-07-2012 08:27 PM

I liked this. It was helpful to me in understand social anxiety better. Understanding why the feelings are happening, and that you can interrupt the vicious cycles that keep the anxiety going, has been very helpful to me in lessening SA. My favorite resource is still the Social Anxiety Institute materials, but this is an inexpensive book that will help a lot of people.

You will definitely spend more money on things that will do a lot less for your life than this book.

MikeW 05-22-2012 08:46 PM

I've read 4 chapters so far. Just understanding the problem and seeing that other people have the same thoughts and problems helped me out. I wish I had more time to get it read sooner. I'll do an update after I finish it.

matt20 09-11-2012 09:05 PM

Just started reading this today...still in the intro. chapters, but seems like it may be helpful. Had good reviews on Amazon too.

SparklingWater 01-27-2013 10:34 AM

This book is really helping me right now. Understanding the causes of SA is a great help in itself. I'm working through the exercise s slowly but this book is definitely helping. Way worth it considering the price!

lilliz 02-19-2013 02:09 AM

this seems like it would be helpful... thank you

koolthing 07-16-2013 04:01 PM

ive read the whole book and im doing the worksheets now. im doing it all properly making sure i dont miss anything and that i take in all the information. its only been a month or so but i think i have made some improvements. its gonna take a lot of work and commitment to all the books says to do but i have hope that i will manage it and get better.

Browser 07-18-2013 09:31 AM

Have just ordered this book, sounds very good and has a lot of positive comments from readers :)

EyeHope 08-18-2014 01:54 AM

Have just started reading this book. Really hoping it will help me :)

Xabi82 11-24-2014 01:41 PM

ANXIETY, Somebody help me!! Author: Sara Burillo.
EXCELLENT!!! Fully Recommended!!
This book saved me... I hope it will help you :)

Amyy 04-12-2015 05:12 AM

Guys, how expensive is this book?

kurtjb 04-12-2015 06:20 AM

Amazon says 12.88 for paperback, new. You can get it used for about 7$.

Ultimately, the benefit you'll get is in putting the recommendations into practice in some fairly consistent way. So, for example, for chapters that suggest changing your behaviors, you should make a commitment to work on them every day, or five times a week, and stick to that for 2-3 months. It is almost exactly like going to the gym, where consistent workouts will get you in shape, while just working out very hard every now and then won't help all that much. I've found that gym analogy to be nearly perfect for SA. Your behavioral experiments are your "social workouts" and not letting yourself skip workouts will bring the best results.

So keeping a record of your achievements, which I believe the book recommends, is helpful. It lets you know you're staying consistent, and lets you feel proud of your progress -- just as a workout log does at the gym.

A great idea in the book is to be on the lookout for whatever opportunities come up to challenge your social anxiety in small ways, then take them. If you start brainstorming, you can usually think of countless small social challenges that you can put in your social "workout log".

cambryan 04-16-2015 01:16 AM

Is there a PDF or epub version of this book that I can download? Downloaded a PDF version but it wasn't complete.

MissIndependent 11-10-2015 12:25 AM

I know this is an old thread, but this is the one and only SA type book that I own right now. I'd love to discuss it with anyone who also wants to dive into it.

I read a little bit of it and it seemed very "gentle", I liked the way it explained some things. It was very reassuring.

I've been pushing myself to do more social things, ever since the summer... but in the last month or so I've really pushed myself to meet people and be more open. I kind of try to do one thing that wasn't typical for me before, every day. I don't always manage to, but it happens most days and I've been enjoying it.

The Starry night 01-19-2016 03:11 PM

This book is great it really makes you to feel better by changing how you think. Still doing the exercises need to be persistent and patient to do them and theyre really are worth it..they really make you see your SA in a whole diff perspective and seperate if from your reality.

I highly recommend this book.

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