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How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety

How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety
Your Price: $22.95 CDN
Author: Ellen Hendriksen
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 320
Pub. Date: 2019
ISBN-10: 1250122228
ISBN-13: 9781250122223

About the Book:

How to Be Yourself is the best book you'll ever read about how to conquer social and performance anxiety.

If you feel anxious acting, performing, or get nervous in social situations like a party or networking event – meeting your partner's friends, standing awkwardly in line at a coffee shop before you need to place your order – you've probably been told, "Just be yourself!" But that's easier said than done – especially if you're prone to social anxiety.

Social anxiety. #ugh! It's that constant voice of judgment and inadequacy that leaves you terrified of being "found out," and stops you from sharing the real you. Guess what? You're not alone. Up to 40% of people consider themselves shy. You might say you're introverted or awkward, or that you're fine around friends but just can't speak up in a meeting or at a party. Also, it's not necessary that only introverts will have social anxiety. Extroverts can have social anxiety too.

Social anxiety covers a range of issues ranging from the fear of public speaking, to general 'performance anxiety' which covers that feeling of awkwardness in regards to how we're perceived. Whether you're an actor, dancer, musician, athlete, public speaker, or just get tongue-tied when you're put on the spot, you've probably been frustrated by nerves and jitters. At a crucial moment, you go blank, get overwhelmed, or choke. Or maybe you're simply tired of putting forth lackluster performances when you know you're capable of so much more. The good news: anxiety may be universal, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming.

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their social anxiety and be their authentic selves. How? Weaving together cutting-edge science, concrete tips, and the compelling stories of real people who have risen above their social anxiety, in How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety she proposes a groundbreaking idea: you already have everything you need to succeed in any unfamiliar social situation.

As someone who lives with social anxiety, Dr. Ellen Hendriksen has devoted her career to helping her clients overcome the same obstacles she has. With familiarity, humour, and authority, How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety takes you through the roots of social anxiety and why it endures, how you can rewire your brain through your behaviour, and – at long last – exactly how to quiet your Inner Critic, the pesky voice that whispers, "Everyone will judge you." Using her techniques to develop confidence, think through the buzz of anxiety, and feel comfortable in any situation, you can finally be your true, authentic self.

What people say:

"How To Be Yourself is terrific. It puts the tools of cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety firmly in the hands of those who can benefit the most from them and does so in a manner that is at once extremely engaging and highly therapeutic. Ellen Hendriksen makes it clear what needs to be done to manage social anxiety rather than to be controlled by it and lays it out in the most down-to-earth and from-the-heart fashion. The millions of people who struggle with social anxiety will be all the better for reading this book." — Richard G. Heimberg, Ph.D., Director of the AdultAnxiety Clinic at Temple University

"'Just be yourself!' You've likely heard this advice and thought 'But how?' Ellen Hendriksen's How to Be Yourself is for the millions of Americans who consider themselves quiet, shy, introverted, or socially anxious. Through clear, engaging storytelling, she takes readers on an inspiring journey: from how social anxiety gets wired into our brains to how you can learn to live a life without fear. This book is also a groundbreaking roadmap to finally being your true, authentic self." — Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet

"Ever been frozen at a cocktail party? Panicked before a work presentation? I've spent a lot of time speaking to large crowds and walking into rooms full of strangers, and it's not always easy. How to Be Yourself will let you rest easy knowing that your anxiety is completely normal. As a clinical psychologist, Ellen has spent years helping patients conquer insecurities. With her help, you can go from asking yourself, 'Why can't I do this?' to knowing 'I can do it.'." — Mignon Fogarty, New York Times bestselling author of Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

"Ellen Hendriksen is the real deal. This book cuts through the noise to help you overcome those big, dark anxieties and doubts that hold you back so you can live your best life." — Lewis Howes, bestselling author of The School of Greatness

"In a friendly and accessible voice, Dr. Hendriksen teases apart introversion and social anxiety, explains the differences, and provides concrete suggestions that will help introverts who suffer from social anxiety find their way past the fear to a happy and fulfilled introverted life." — Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert's Way and Introverts in Love

About the Author:

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist on the faculty at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). There, she treats everything from depression to trauma to hoarding, but has a special place in her heart for anxiety disorders. She earned her Ph.D. at UCLA and completed her training at Harvard Medical School and is the author of How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety.