Conquering Shyness

Jonathan M. Cheek, Author Putnam Publishing Group $18.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-399-13459-3
Shyness is a syndrome, argues Wellesley psychology professor Cheek, an interaction of feelings, thoughts and active behavior. And shyness is customarily manifested in one of three ways: physical distress (blushing, or pounding heartbeat); worries (e.g., feelings of inadequacy); and a lack of social skills. The problem may develop in the very young child--in which case symptoms are largely physical--or during adolescence, when the sufferer is prone to anxiety. Cheek and his coauthors, both freelance writers, divide this enormously helpful book into two parts, the first devoted to overcoming shyness by a variety of techniques, and the second to applying newfound confidence to social life, such as making friends and approaching the opposite sex. Included also are valuable diagnostic tests and suggestions for keeping progress records. Troll Book Club and Psychotherapy Book Club selections. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/1989
Release date: 08/01/1989
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