The shyness & social anxiety workbook for teens : CBT and ACT skills to help you build social confidence / Jennifer Shannon, LMFT ; illustrations by Doug Shannon ; foreword by Christine A. Padesky, PhD.

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Wouldn't it be nice if you could just flick a switch and make your shyness go away? No more worrying about what others think about you, no more embarrassment in front of other people. You could just relax and feel comfortable and confident, the way you probably think everyone else feels. If you struggle with shyness, you're all too familiar with the feeling of not knowing what to do or say, and you'll do anything to avoid feeling that way. But, most likely, you also know that you're missing out on a lot -- friendships, potential relationships, and fun. You've chosen this book because you're ready to stop hiding behind your shyness and start enjoying everything life has to offer. The worksheets and exercises in The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens will help you learn to handle awkward social situations with grace and confidence, so you can make real connections with people you want to get to know. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the skills you learn will also help you speak up for yourself when you need to and stop dreading class projects that put you on the spot. Actually, there's no aspect of your life that this workbook won't help. So why let shyness rule your life one day longer? Let this workbook guide the way to a more confident, outgoing you.


Oakland, CA : Instant Help Books, [2012]

Physical description

vi, 124 pages : black and white illustrations ; 26 cm.


Copy 1. Donor: The Reading Agency.


Socially anxious: Are you missing out? -- Why me?: The origins of social anxiety -- The chain gang: Thoughts, feelings, and actions -- Disastrous distortions: Don't believe every thought you think -- The values compass: Stepping off the perfectionist path to nowhere -- What was I thinking?: Fact-checking and the values test -- Talking back to your thoughts: Training your brain to challenge and cope -- The exposure ladder: From avoidance to action -- Grab a rung!: Getting a grip on your exposure ladder -- Bella's ladder: Exposure, exposure, exposure -- Troubleshooting: What to do when you get stuck -- Above and beyond: How mistakes make you stronger -- Appendix A: For teens and their parent or guardians about therapy and medication -- Appendix B: Helpful resources -- Appendix C: Paruresis -- Appendix D: Other common types of anxiety.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (page 118).

Funding information

This book is included in the Reading Well Books on Prescription list for young people's mental health. Reading Well is delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected as part of the Libraries Connected Universal Health Offer. It was previously funded by Arts Council England and Wellcome. As of 2022, it is currently funded by Arts Council England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Welsh Government.


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