Social Phobia

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Social Phobia is when one fears acting in an embarrassing or humiliating way when exposed to social or performance situations involving unfamiliar people or possible scrutiny by others. One must recognize that the fear experienced is excessive and unreasonable and either avoid these situations or endure them with intense anxiety. The Social Phobia must also interfere significantly with one’s normal routine, occupational functioning or social activities.

Sometimes the fear is a more generalized fear of acting in a way that is perceived to be humiliating. For example, one might fear going to parties because of fear of what to say. Or one might have trouble speaking to one’s boss at work for fear of sounding incompetent. Other times the fear is of looking odd or being perceived as being anxious. In this case, one might fear blushing and turning so red that everyone notices, or one might fear sweating so profusely that again everyone notices. A very common fear is the fear of public speaking. This is the most common form of Social Phobia.

Recommended Book to Help with Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia

The following book is our top recommendation for those who suffer from Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia or for family and friends of those suffering. You may purchase the book at your local bookseller, or click on the link below to purchase them from

Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness

Gillian Butler

This straightforward book will help you change unhelpful patterns of behavior and thought using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches. 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. The book provides background of the disorder, who is likely to be affected, and what the main symptoms are provide a structure ideal for personal use or in a program using guided self-help techniques include diagnostic questionnaires, case studies, and workbook-style interactive exercises explore step-by-step techniques such as diary- and record-keeping, problem-solving, and managing symptoms include overviews of all treatment options offer authoritative, commonsense solutions to pervasive, difficult emotional problems are highly recommended by experts around the world and offer readers an affordable and easy-to-follow treatment plan.

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