By Murray B. Stein

Shyness isn’t only a character quirk—to a few humans it signifies that even an informal social interplay could be a nightmare. recommended via The nervousness issues organization of the USA (ADAA), the first association within the U.S. devoted to the healing of hysteria issues, this can be the single publication of its sort to supply a complete mental and scientific technique for victims of the debilitating syndrome of acute shyness and social phobia.

conquer Shyness makes a speciality of a number of robust new remedies that experience develop into to be had and provide new wish for individuals with social anxiousness. different beneficial properties contain:

* instructions for dealing with tough social occasions * execs and cons of assorted different types of remedy * tales of others who've effectively triumph over social anxiousness * using case histories to demonstrate the issues of every bankruptcy * Worksheets and checklists to 0 in on troublesome areas * Plus a different bankruptcy for fogeys on find out how to support their kids overcome shyness

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Some guppies are bold and some guppies are timid. A bold guppy is one who will swim up to a big predator fish, stare it in the face, and risk getting eaten. A timid guppy will hang out in the background and watch the predator fish from afar. Dugatkin and his students conduct experiments where they put guppies into tanks, then add a plastic predator fish and watch what happens. They have learned that the behavior of particular guppies is very predictable. If you’re a bold guppy one day, you’re a bold guppy the next day.

Does my child spend too much time alone? Does my child express feelings of loneliness or boredom? Is the situation worsening or not improving? Are there others in the family who have (or had) problems with shyness or social anxiety? If you answered yes to some of these questions, you should probably be thinking about ways to help your child overcome his or her shyness. Part Two of this book is devoted to self-help approaches for tackling social anxiety; Chap. 11 tells how to adjust them for children and adolescents.

But when a child continues to have trouble separating after several days of trying, further attention may be warranted. Many children experience separation anxiety; almost all of them get over it. But 2 or 3 in every 100 kids remain so afraid of separating that they cry continuously when away from their parents, or refuse to go to school altogether. This is often referred to as school phobia. School phobia is a misnomer. Children aren’t afraid of school; they are afraid of being separated from their parents (in which case we speak of them as suffering from separation anxiety disorder), or they are afraid of being around and interacting with other people (in which case we speak of them as suffering from, yes, social anxiety disorder).

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