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This is the strongest section of the book, in my opinion.
The second part of the book gives tips to overcome social anxiety.
Specifically, feeling ashamed about who you are as a person.
This is what I call toxic shame, and you should check out my video about this topic here: Do You Feel Constantly Ashamed Of Yourself?
There are some books out there specifically about mindfulness for anxiety, but in my opinion those are usually missing some of the magic and clarity found in this book.
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And the tips they give feel parroted from a therapy handbook written in the 70s.
He reveals that most people with social anxiety are secretly carrying a core negative belief that “I’m not enough.” Finally he gives specific steps for how to overcome fear of rejection and begin breaking out of a life of fear. Richards cognitive behavioural audio program was the “gold standard.” This means it was really the only practical and effective option for social anxiety sufferers, besides actual therapy or medication.
The techniques and handouts from the audio program are now also available as a book. Techniques like slowing down the voice in your head are all core teachings here.
Obviously you shouldn’t just trust my own opinion here. But check out the reviews and feedback I’ve received from both professionals and former social anxiety sufferers. This is the only book out there that I can honestly recommend as having the full and CORRECT answer to overcoming social anxiety, besides my own. Aziz starts the book by showing that a better understanding of your fears and social anxiety is the first step to change.
Then (similar to my system) he shows you how shyness or social anxiety is changeable, it’s not a permanent part of who you are.
Things like writing down your thoughts, analyze when you’re making common thinking errors, etc. Yes, I know that’s a HUGE claim to make for a book that has the questionable subtitle “A guide to spiritual enlightenment.” So what’s this book about? If you truly pay attention, you’ll see that most of the time your mind is either remembering or reliving scenes from the past…