Many people walk around with a secret: they experience social anxiety! At the same time, they are bombarded by messages from books, articles, and gurus that lead them to believe that social anxiety is a disease that needs to be cured. Consequently, along with social anxiety, they carry shame - believing that there is something wrong with them that must be fixed before they can live a `normal' life. Often, they are waiting for the magical day when their social anxiety vanishes forever before pursuing their social goals, such as increasing friendships, finding a romantic partner, or advancing in their career. The problem is that social anxiety is normal and, to some degree, it will remain a lifelong companion. Social Courage presents a step-by-step, structured program for minimizing suffering in the face of social anxiety while giving readers the tools to boldly go towards their social goals. It combines strategies from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion-Focused Therapy to form `CBT 2.0', to help readers cope and thrive with anxious thoughts and emotions using practical exercises and case studies. Whether readers are struggling with social anxiety of phobic proportions or are just held back when it comes to public speaking or meeting a specific social goal, Social Courage presents a path forward while minimizing suffering along the way.
Eric Goodman, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, author, and speaker who specializes in helping people face their social fears and anxiety disorders. He has been a lecturer at Northeastern University and California Polytechnic State University. In addition to his private practice in San Luis Obispo, California, he runs Social Courage groups and retreats. When he is not busy `scaring' his clients, he can be found scaring his three kids and patient wife.
Introduction: Welcome to Social Courage ... Now, let's get to work! Chapter 1: Social Anxiety Is Normal Learn where social anxiety comes from and assess its impact on your life Chapter 2: When Normal Anxiety Turns Phobic Free yourself from the phobic cycle by understanding anxiety's secret rules Chapter 3: Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy 2.0 How ancient wisdom with a modern approach can benefit you Chapter 4: Brain Noise Core skills for coping with socially anxious thoughts and beliefs Chapter 5: Clean vs. Dirty Social Discomfort How to stop fighting your feelings and move forward with your life Chapter 6: Leaving Your Social Comfort Zone Disregarding the siren call of avoidance Chapter 7: Troubleshooting Social Anxiety Dealing with setbacks and obstacles you may encounter along the way The Courage to Be Human Final Thoughts on Social Courage Acknowledgments Bibliography and Related Recommended Readings Index