By W. Ray Crozier
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You couldn’t cope with an argument at work; or with being criticized – you would brood on it forever. You have never had a boyfriend or a girlfriend because you can’t bring yourself to ask anyone out. It could be someone else’s shyness that makes you anxious, your child’s perhaps. You look on helplessly as he or she goes through the agonies of shyness, perhaps becoming lonely or depressed. For some people, shyness is something they rarely think about as being of much relevance to them. Most of us are shy on at least some occasions: we know this and can cope with it.
Illustrated with numerous case examples. ’ —David M. Clark, Professor of Psychology, King’s College London ‘In Coping with Shyness and Social Phobia, Ray Crozier and Lynn Alden provide an intelligent, up-to-date, and sensitive look at these two common but highly misunderstood emotional conditions. Going beyond just being providers of information, Crozier and Alden combine their many years of academic and clinical experience to offer a variety of strategies for overcoming shyness and social phobia that individuals will be able to integrate into their everyday living experiences to enhance the quality of their lives and the lives of those they know and love.
They are all expressed in extreme language and this conveys the degree to which many people feel overwhelmed by their difficulties. Indeed, many ordinary routine situations can become terrifying. Eating a meal when other people are in the room becomes unbearable if you have an intense fear that you will visibly tremble while you are holding a knife or fork. Because of your fear of trembling you avoid canteens and restaurants. Speaking to your neighbours makes you perspire or stammer so you arrange to leave and enter your house when they are not in sight.