Social Phobia Library

  • The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment & the Developing Social Brain
    I had barely started this book and was already recommending it to friends and colleagues. Early in the second edition of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships, psychology professor and private practitioner Louis Cozolino challenges traditional Western ...
  • 6 Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety
    "For some people social anxiety is pretty pervasive," said Justin Weeks, Ph.D, an assistant professor of psychology and director of ...
  • Social Anxiety Overview
    People with social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, suffer from an intense fear of becoming humiliated in social situations -- specifically the ...
  • Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment
    Social Anxiety Disorder -- also known as social phobia -- is commonly treated by either psychotherapy or certain types of psychiatric medications. ...
  • BRAVE: Be Ready and Victory’s Easy
    BRAVE: Be Ready and Victory's Easy is a 96-page, large-print, softcover book is a quick and easy read geared toward helping children and parents find solutions for those who suffer from social anxiety.  The story ...
  • A Brief History of Anxiety: Yours and Mine
    In the U.S., 40 million adults have an anxiety disorder. Author Patricia Pearson is one of them: She is a regular visitor to Flu Wiki, an online community that fears an impending influenza outbreak. She ...
  • The Consequences of Verbally Abusive Athletic Coaches
    My 10-year-old son was bullied recently. He was told that he was an “embarrassment.” He was told to “shut up.” He was yelled at and scolded in a tone of voice tinged with disgust and ...
  • She’s So Shy
    MJ's mother is worried. "She's so shy. Whenever we get together with people, I mean even one or two people, she hangs behind me. I don’t know how to encourage her." MJ is four ...
  • Social Phobia and Health
    There is much evidence that strong friendships and relationships can positively influence health. But if you tend to become anxious in social settings, you may not be gaining the potential benefits. Social phobia or anxiety ...
  • The Benefits of Being an Introvert
    Extroverts have easier lives, it would seem, than those of us who place more value on peace and quiet. Popular culture appears to be in love with noise and speed, with high-energy, fast-paced TV shows, ...
  • Are You Lonely?
    Many years ago, when I was a young adolescent, an adult in my life said that she dreamed about a great chasm, a chasm so deep that she couldn't see to the bottom of it, ...
  • Self-Esteem and “Oops” Events
    I had a hero when I was a young girl: Loretta Young. On her 1950s television series, she represented all that was stylish, glamorous, and graceful. Each week, when she glided down those stairs in ...
  • How Do You Get Your Needs Met?
    How do you respond to other people? Do you know the difference between assertion and aggression? Is it ever appropriate to be aggressive or submissive? Which style do you favor? While growing up, we learn ...
  • Shame: The Quintessential Emotion
    It's the quintessential human emotion, says New Brunswick, N.J., psychologist Michael Lewis, Ph.D., in his writings. All extravagant behaviors are reactions to it, says Philadelphia psychiatrist Donald I. Nathanson, M.D. It's the root of dysfunctions ...
  • The Many Faces of Shame
    Shame has many faces. Is that one of them in your mirror? In "Shame & Guilt: Masters of Disguise," Jane Middelton-Moz, a Montpelier, Vt.-based trainer, consultant and community interventionist, lists the following as common features ...
  • Facts About Phobias
    Phobias are persistent, irrational fears of certain objects or situations. Phobias occur in several forms; the fear associated with a phobia can focus on a particular object (specific phobia) or be a fear of embarrassment ...
  • An Introduction to Phobias
    Phobias occur in several forms. A specific phobia is a fear of a particular object or situation. Social phobia is a fear of being painfully embarrassed in a social setting. And agoraphobia, which often accompanies ...
  • Making Conversation: A Skill, Not an Art
    Do cocktail parties strike terror in your heart? If so, you are not alone. Although the ability to converse with others comes naturally to some, it is a skill that most of us must develop. Many ...
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders, Part 2
    Anxiety disorders come in many varieties. Descriptions of some of the most common disorders follow: Generalized Anxiety Disorder: GAD is characterized by persistent anxiety unrelated to a specific event. People suffering from GAD cannot help worrying ...
  • Anxiety, Worry, and Stress, Oh My: The Bugaboos of Modern Life
    Anxiety, worry, and stress are all afflictions of life in the modern world. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 10 percent of the American population, or 24 million people, suffer from anxiety ...
  • Problems Related to Social Phobia
    Some people may have a difficult time believing that social phobia is a disease and not simply one of many personality types. "Since when has shyness become something you see a doctor about?" people might ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Social Phobia
    How serious is social phobia? The impact varies with the individual. For some, social anxiety is limited to a very specific kind of performance, such as giving a speech or playing a musical instrument for an ...
  • Shyness and Social Phobia in Children
    People with social phobia say they want social interaction, but avoid social activity because of their extreme emotional distress. Such anxiety is triggered by the fear that others may scrutinize them and that they may ...
  • Treatments for Social Phobia
    As social phobia is considered to be a long-lasting chronic disorder, ongoing treatment generally is needed. Treatment often consists of a combination of medication and talk therapy. Medications In recent years, clinical trials have been conducted to ...
  • How Do I Know If I Have Social Phobia?
    Most people suffer from shyness or anxiety at some point in their lives, but are such feelings so pervasive as to constitute a diagnosis of social phobia? Here are a few quick questions that can ...
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