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The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens: CBT and ACT Skills to Help You Build Social Confidence

The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens: CBT and ACT Skills to Help You Build Social Confidence

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The essential go-to workbook for shy and socially anxious teens—now fully revised and updated with skills for dealing with social media anxiety and “social perfectionism.”

Do you feel shy when meeting new people? Do you freeze up when speaking in front of a group? Do you worry about what others think of you? If you struggle with shyness or social anxiety, you may try to avoid situations that cause you to feel uneasy. The problem is, avoiding stuff can also lead to missing out―on friendships, fun, and opportunities. If you’re ready to stop hiding behind your shyness and start enjoying everything life has to offer, this workbook is your guide.

The fun and easy worksheets and exercises in this fully revised and updated second edition of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens will show you how to handle any kind of social situation with confidence, so you can connect with others and create great friendships. Based in proven-effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), the skills in this guide will also help you speak up for yourself when you need to, and stop dreading situations that put you on the spot—whether you’re called upon in class, interviewing for a job, or introducing yourself to new people.

This new edition also includes tons of tips to help you navigate the world of social media; and self-compassion skills to help you stop comparing yourself to others, deal constructively with criticism, and stop worrying so much about what other people think. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to move beyond “social perfectionism,” and set realistic goals for yourself.

So, why let shyness and social anxiety run your life? With this workbook, you can discover a more confident, outgoing you.

In these increasingly challenging times, teens need mental health resources more than ever. With more than 1.6 million copies sold worldwide, Instant Help Books for teens are easy to use, proven-effective, and recommended by therapists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684038015
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Edition description: Second Edition, Revised
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 180,450
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, and author of Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind, The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens, and A Teen’s Guide to Getting Stuff Done. She is a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

Illustrator Doug Shannon is a freelance cartoonist.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Socially Anxious Are You Missing Out? 3

Chapter 2 Why Me? The Origins of Social Anxiety 7

Chapter 3 Chain Reaction Automatic Thoughts, Anxious Feelings, and Avoidance 14

Chapter 4 Slowing it Down Recognizing Your Own Chain Reactions 24

Chapter 5 Disastrous Distortions Don't Believe Every Thought You Think 33

Chapter 6 Social Perfectionism The Path to Nowhere 51

Chapter 7 What Was I Thinking? Two Ways to Test Your Thoughts 61

Chapter 8 Talking Back to Your Thoughts Training Your Brain to Challenge and Cope 72

Chapter 9 To the Rescue! Coping with Criticism-Real, Imagined, and Self-inflicted 78

Chapter 10 Building the Ladder From Avoidance to Action 86

Chapter 11 Charting Success Preparing for and Evaluating Exposures 98

Chapter 12 Bella's ladder Exposure, Exposure, Exposure 113

Chapter 13 Troubleshooting What to Do When You Get Stuck 137

Chapter 14 Above and Beyond How Mistakes Make You Stronger 145

Conclusion 149

Appendices: For Teens and Their Parents or Guardians 151

Appendix A About Therapy and Medication 152

Appendix B Helpful Resources 158

Appendix C Paruresis 160

Appendix D Other Common Types of Anxiety 163


Shannon resides in Santa Rosa, CA.

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