How to Be Yourself

How to Be Yourself

Quiet your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety

Book - 2019 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin, New York : 2019
St. Martin's Griffin, New York : 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250122223
Branch Call Number: ANF 616.85225 HEND
Characteristics: x, 308 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Aug 30, 2018

Hendriksen uses humor to get her point across and plenty of anecdotal stories of her patients. Because it is light-hearted, and easy to read, I recommend for younger adults who crave entertainment above education (that is not to say there are not some hidden gems; you are sure to find yourself relating to at least one of the stories).

Apr 19, 2018

She spends way to much of the beginning of the book trying to sell the book. And then the rest is a very long-form lesson in CBT and exposure therapies. She also uses a lot of generalizations and it felt alienating at times--not everyone's fears/actions are rooted in the same thoughts.
Instead of this book, I'd recommend "Quiet" by Susan Cain about introversion and society and for CBT/etc. I think "The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry & Panic" is good and has a chapter on social anxiety and works for adults/parents too.

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