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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849010005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849010009
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Butler is a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, who practises in the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treats emotional disorders by changing negative patterns of thought. Gillian Butler, a consultant clinical psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society, has condensed into this well-written, very readable book effective techniques for overcoming conditions such as panic attacks, depression, anxiety and addictions. Everyone who has ever felt disempowered by their embarrassment or lack of confidence, will benefit from reading this book--understanding your emotions means that it is possible to effectively manage and accept them.

The book is divided into three sections: Part One which explains social anxiety, the role of this fear, its origins and what actually happens when social anxiety strikes; Part Two gives a complete practical guide to overcoming these feelings, changing thinking patterns, reducing self- consciousness and building confidence; Part Three gives some "optional extras" such as explaining the legacy of being bullied and about how to learn to relax.

This book is engrossing and intriguing and a very worthy addition to the bookshelf of those with an interest in human behaviour and social interaction. It will help to treat and defeat very crippling, entrenched problems right through to the usual, mild feelings of discomfort and social shyness experienced by everyone at some time--this book can be recommended for people who want to improve their networking and business interaction skills also. --Alison Jardine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The best consumer-friendly CBT-based books... All are very thorough. (The Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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249 of 253 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2004
Format: Paperback
I've seen this book mentioned many times as a good self-help guide on two online SA communities ([...] and [...]) and on reading it I would recommend it to any SA sufferer. In particular, I think it would be really helpful for someone new to the topic of Social Anxiety, perhaps not sure whether or not they have it, and unclear about how they could use techniques from self-help CBT. There's lots of information here I am familiar with through learning from several web sites, but this book is a real timesaver - it might not have all you need to know about SA, but more than enough to understand your problem and begin to think of possible solutions. The book makes liberal use of lists of key points in bullet-point format, and has many boxes with examples of the terms being discussed, so it's quite understandable too. Rather than just use a jargon term such as "avoidance behaviour" it gives practical examples which you can then see if they apply to you.
For someone new to the subject just being able to recognise "Yes, that's what I've got" can be really helpful. Getting out of denial is the first step to tackling a problem you might have allowed to grow unchecked for years. SA has many signs and symptoms, affecting multiple areas - how you think, how you behave, on your body and emotions. This book helps you understand how these areas are interrelated, how they affect each other, and hence the things that need to be done to tackle the problem.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By peach_candy on 9 Dec 2008
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This is a decent book, one of the most widely recommended that I've seen around.

The description/definition of social anxiety was good, something that I would probably give to someone else to read to help them understand it.

The "cognitive" part of the book (explanations of different types of negative thoughts and finding alternatives for them, the tables you can photocopy to fill in to help you keep a record of your progress, etc.) was extremely helpful, and I've seen a lot of improvement in myself after trying (and, most importantly, *sticking*!) with the methods used there.

The "behavioural" part and the chapters on building self-confidence and reducing self-consciousness however, were a bit weak and felt rushed, they let the book down, IMHO. Those chapters basically amounted to (respectively) "find something to do and try to be good at it", and "focus on other people instead of yourself". Hmm, useful :|

I think those parts of the book could have benefitted with more "user participation" as per the "cognitive" part of the book - related writing exercises or tables to fill in (for me personally, that kind of thing helps focus my mind on the problem in hand - it was odd that the first part of the book had numerous such things and the second part had maybe *one*), and just more specific exercises in general.

Also, as another reviewer has already mentioned, the dry tone of the book may not be for everyone.
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142 of 149 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov 2002
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I found this book a really helpful read after many years,from being five years old, feeling like a bit of an outcast in certain situations, and analysing every conversation and meeting for my own blunders. It's an easy book to skim through picking up interesting and reassuring chapters, and makes you realise how common it is to feel uneasy, weird and full of self doubt, and that really even people who appear confident may be going through the same traumas.
The book is helping me to reassure myself in "trying" situations and as my teenage son seems to have inherited some of my self doubt, despite being popular, it's giving me useful advice to give him when he needs it.
The book covers many aspects of shyness/lack of self esteem and would be helpful to any degree of self doubt. I'm really glad I bought it!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug 1999
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Gillian Butler's book shows considerable insight into what it feels like to suffer from Social Phobia. The book is split into three sections, covering:
The definition and causes of Social Phobia;
Practical methods to overcome the problem, (including numerous examples); and
Other useful information on subjects such as relaxation, and the long-term effects of bullying.
This very practical guide has helped me considerably with my own Social Phobia, and I would highly reccomend it to other sufferers.
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101 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 17 Jan 2008
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I had high hopes for this book after reading the glowing reviews on here, but it didn't live up to my expectations. It is very good at describing what it's like to suffer social anxiety and I found myself thinking 'that's me, I feel like that' as I read. However I couldn't get to grips with the solutions suggested e.g. if you are feeling self conscious, you can solve it by deciding not to. It takes a look on the bright side approach and suggests you think about the flip side of situations e.g. everyone's looking at me versus actually, noone is looking at you. The author also states 'being bullied can have lasting effects' and I found myself thinking 'yes, I know that thanks, but what can I do about it?'. This book was good at describing how it feels to be socially anxious but didn't help me overcome the horrible stomach churning tension and desire to run away from such encounters, nor the constant worrying and reflecting that goes with having social anxiety.
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