Hendriksen, Ellen, author.
vi, 298 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Part 1. I thought it was just me! Introducing social anxiety — The root of it all: how social anxiety takes hold — Social anxiety is like an apple tree (or, Why social anxiety has stuck around for millennia) — Your brain on social anxiety — Part 2. Looking inside your head — How our inner critic undermines us — Think different: replace — Think different: embrace — Part 3. Heading out into the world — Get started and your confidence will catch up — No false fronts in this town: play a role to build your true self — Mountains to molehills: it gets easier every time — Putting it all together: your challenge list — Part 4. Busting the myths of social anxiety — How (and why) to turn your attention inside out — Seeing is believing: how you feel isn’t how you look — “I have to sound smart/funny/interesting”: how perfectionism holds us back — Why you don’t have a social skills problem (you heard that right) — The myth of hope in a bottle — Part 5. All you have to be is kind — The building blocks of beautiful friendships (they’re not what you think) — Epilogue.
Weaving together cutting-edge science, concrete tips, and the compelling stories of real people who have risen above their social anxiety, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen proposes a groundbreaking idea: you already have everything you need to succeed in any unfamiliar social situation. Dr. Hendriksen takes the reader through the roots of social anxiety and why it endures, how we can rewire our brains through our behavior, and – at long last – exactly how to quiet your Inner Critic.