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3.0 out of 5 stars Not really for tackling serious social anxiety., 6 Sept. 2013
This review is from: How to Talk to Absolutely Anyone: Confident Communication in Every Situation (Paperback)
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I suffer from chronic social anxiety. I've tried several things to combat this daily problem (from a course of NHS CBT to attending a NLP seminar, to medication to reading several other books about it). I'm currently re-reading "Overcoming Social Anxiety" (a CBT book, which seemed to help a lot (the only thing that really has) the first time around--though I lapsed after several months work).

I saw this on Amazon Vine, so thought I would give it a go (not really wishing to fill countless CBT forms in again), but, whilst I found it interesting in parts, it wasn't really what I need at present.

The level is somewhat similar to a business course (very similar to the NLP seminar I attended) and the style is likewise friendly and motivational but still serious. There is a reasonable amount of depth, without it getting too psychological (which is probably the problem for me). It is probably just about right for someone who is suffering from a lack of confidence holding conversations (rather than someone with a "condition") or for someone who is reasonably confident in social situations, but wishes to be a bit more extroverted.

Personally, I read the first 50 pages and skimmed the rest (even though it is only 170 pages long!) as I'd read enough to realise that it wasn't really the right book to help me at present. I may well come back to it (as I did find several sections that sounded like they could be useful), but this is probably more useful for people who are ready to make conversations (rather than if--like me--you struggle simply to pay for petrol etc.)
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