• Social Anxiety

  • Overcome Social Anxiety & Shyness Forever
  • By: Jennifer Alison
  • Narrated by: Rebekah Amber Clark
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (377 ratings)

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By: Jennifer Alison
Narrated by: Rebekah Amber Clark
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Publisher's Summary

Social anxiety affects almost 20 million Americans, many who find working a difficult and at times impossible task. The good news is that it is totally treatable with the right knowledge, which this guide will teach you!

Best-selling author Jennifer Alison brings you a simple, no-nonsense guide that will teach you how to start dealing with your social anxiety immediately.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll learn when you listen to this audiobook:

  • Dealing with job interviews, meetings, and performance reviews
  • Escape using safety behaviors and avoidance forever
  • Fifteen ways to start healing today
  • Asking for a raise and promotion, dealing with confrontation, phone conversations, dealing with difficult co-workers
  • Stop over-thinking and over-analyzing!

And much more.

©2017 Jennifer Alison (P)2016 Jennifer Alison

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Helping me a lot

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So far, so good. 1 week since i have had this book and i am seeing a marked improvement in my shyness and anxiety issues in social situations. Last night i even managed to go to a birthday party in a bar, where i had to arrive alone and great everyone and then make small chat all night to people i did and did not know. This may seem simple to a lot of people, but until last week this was very very tough for me.
I am hoping the advice I have got so far will last!

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REALLY WORTH READING!!!

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Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Over and over I tried ignoring my anxiety and yelling at myself, but things weren't changing. Reading this book was something new for me and was well worth it. I was really surprised at how many times the book mentioned very specific thought patterns that were the exact same as my own. I think the book is written well and organized well and I feel like I have tools now to better recognize my anxiety and overcome it. This book is exactly what I needed.

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Feels like it has given me a fresh start

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As my review title says, I really feel this book has given me some sort of fresh start at life. The shyness and social anxiety that has held me back for so long…well it is not totally gone but it is definitely a lot less than it was.

It was nice to finally find a book that was easy to follow.

Recommended if you have issues with shyness or social anxiety. Listen with an open mind. It certainly helped me.

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Great book, have it on repeat, very reassuring. 10

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I was not entirely sure what to expect from this book, but i have to say i got so much more from it than i expected.

I liked that it was not all medical, I did not feel like I needed to be doctor to understand it!

Its an ongoing journey and it will take time but I am see massive improvements already.

Good narrator, easy to listen to, engaging without being annoying.

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Very different but very good

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I was a little dubious but feel like i got a lot more from this book than i had ever expected. I have been working on the tools and advice for almost a week now and already feel a lot better, progress which I hope will continue now.

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Social Anxiety is gone.

2 weeks after first getting this book and after following the advice in the book i can say that my social anxiety is 90% gone. I am already doing things i would not even have dreamed about doing a few weeks ago. A powerful yet simple solution.

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Your New Best Friend

Would you listen to Social Anxiety again? Why?

Absolutely! This book was a huge help for me, and I know many friends who would also benefit from what Dr. Alison shares. I want to know this book inside out so I too can offer the help that is sorely needed, and guide others through the same process of self-knowledge and acceptance.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Social Anxiety?

I loved how from the very start Dr. Alison refers to social anxiety as an actual health issue that takes medical care to overcome. She's the first person to call out the 'it's only in your head' saying as false and extremely harmful to someone who is dealing with this illness. To hear that acknowledged out loud was very refreshing.

What does Rebekah Amber Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice is soothing, and that's very important with such a topic. To listen to her is calming, and one eventually feels at ease, as if talking to a friend. Generating that sort of comfort is crucial for someone to start working on their healing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Pain is no more"

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I hope this book finds all the people it needs to help. I will surely put it out there, recommend it online and to my friends. It has the potential to save someone's life and that must not be underestimated.

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Great read!

What did you love best about Social Anxiety?

I liked the way the book offered practical advice to problems. Most of the solutions that the author recommended for the anxiety and panic attacks were very realistic. I have tried some of them and recommended to friends and all were really helpful.

I also liked the case studies that the audiobook used to make examples and drive home salient points. It made it really easy to relate with. Personally, I learn easier when there are clear examples so I really enjoyed the book.

Lastly, it appeals to everyone, not just shy people. The tips also work with people who are already comfortable socially and can help make them better conversationalists. This I think makes it a book everyone can learn from. There's a lot to glean from no matter what your personality is, shy or outgoing.

What does Rebekah Amber Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her narrations is very engaging.

What did you learn from Social Anxiety that you would use in your daily life?

I learnt several ways to improve my self esteem and make better conversations. The part about making relationships and keeping them. Also about managing social media. It seems to be a major part of our lives now. Texts, twitter, Facebook, there is a lot of pressure to keep up appearances.

Nowadays, I take time to switch off for prolonged periods and not take everything too serious or let nasty comments get to me. If I don't like what you're posting or I'm getting negative vibes, I know I don't have to cope with it. I just unfollow them or block them. Life is easier that way.

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Highly recommended to everyone. One of the best books on social anxiety I've read.

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Very different.

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I found this book different from a lot of the other books i had heard about social anxiety. Different in the way that it was very practical based and ultra-realistic. It felt modern and up to date and dealt with the world we live in today (not the 80's like most other social anxiety books are based in).

I found it effective and even enjoyable at time, as it had a nice flow to it and was very easy to understand and follow.

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Completely Blown Away!

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There are so many insightful ideas in this book, it's hard to choose just one! But I would have to say that the idea that really hit home for me (and made me realise that I had chosen the right book) was that when people say things are "just in your head", they are making you feel worse about your struggles. Jennifer Alison insists that what is "in your head" is actually very important. She explores this idea by likening it to placebo effect and explaining that the things that are in your head are at the very center of your being. Your struggles may be in your head, but that doesn't mean they don't exist.

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The best thing about this book, is that it discusses things that are relevant to today's world, unlike some other books on the topic that are really dated and out of touch with reality. I really think that the sections on social anxiety in relation to social media and texting are so important for people today. I really can't recommend this book enough. So many people I know struggle with social anxiety and this book is a true miracle worker. Honestly, no matter what aspect of socialising you find difficult, you will find the answer in this book.

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  • 01-30-17

Starting again with the help from this book

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This book is giving me the strength and knowledge to start again, to start over with my life, to no longer fear situations that “normal” people find so easy. I won’t be controlled by fear anymore. This book has already given me so so much.

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  • Anna Hart
  • 12-29-16

A Complete Life Changer

What made the experience of listening to Social Anxiety the most enjoyable?

Listening to this book honestly changed the way I think about social anxiety completely. It covers all the bases - everything from protecting yourself online to coping with and preventing panic attacks - but there's something about it that's just different from other audio books on this subject. The tone of the book is comforting and conversational. You really feel like the writer is on your side, propelling you forward. Rarely have I experienced anything like that with another author.

What did you like best about this story?

This book really offers a fresh and current take on social anxiety. It's really engaging and insightful. Unlike other books of its kind which can be boring and repetitive, this book offers new approaches and a better understanding of social anxiety.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Absolutely. I'm not the type of person that's crippled with social anxiety. I can go out with my friends and pretend I'm okay most of the time. But I've always felt apprehensive about socialising and I've had more than a few panic attacks in my life. One thing that really stood out for me (and did make me tear up) were the case studies. In this book, there are accounts of other people who have struggled with, and overcome, their social anxiety. I found them all very moving and motivating.

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If you have social anxiety to any degree, I really think this book will be a great help. It's a masterpiece in this field and I honestly think it will be the best book of its kind for years to come. Highly recommend!

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  • Samuel
  • 01-19-17

Something that actually helps!

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Finally, a realistic and practical book dealing with the issues of social anxiety and shyness. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Excellent narration and top class advice to really help deal with this situation.

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  • Alice
  • 09-25-17

A Thourough and Comprehensive Guide to Empowerment


I can't rate this book enough. It's helped me overcome my social anxiety in ways even counsellors haven't been able to in the past. It provides helpful tools and tips on how to take back control in your life and overcome your anxiety by letting you know where it stems from by delving into the psychology of social anxiety.
It helped me to realise that I'm not alone in what I suffer, and just how prevalent social anxiety is in our modern society.
This book has given me the confidence to start again in a life unhindered by my anxiety which has previously left me unable to work, and struggling with self esteem issues. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone suffering from any kind of anxiety! It follows a great pace which allows you to effectively combat your issues.

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Would you listen to Social Anxiety again? Why?

The whole book was much better than i expected as for once a book in this genre actually felt realistic, and was clearly written by someone who really understand how it FEELS to be socially anxious and/or shy. I am finding this an incredibly helpful book and Im already on my 3rd listen of it.

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Great narrator

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  • impostorkane
  • 01-30-17

Fantastic

I have learnt a lot and I am already putting it into practice and I know my life will be better after listening to this book thank you to the author for changing my life for the better

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  • On The Road
  • 01-12-17

Such a worthy addition to my collection

What did you like most about Social Anxiety?

It didn't make me feel bad like other books did. Instead it just gave me what i wanted....advice on how to quickly feel better and improve my life.

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  • W1992
  • 01-10-17

Dealing with my issues, day by day

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment i realised the advice was actually working!

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A beautiful book, packed full of information meaning i have had to listen to it 3 times to get everything. Day by day i am getting better and 75% of it i put down to the advice in this book!

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  • J1982
  • 01-22-17

A new day

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A new day. A fresh start.

This is what I feel this book has given me.

I can't say more than that.

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  • ListenEveryday
  • 12-24-16

Feels like a breakthrough for me, excellent book

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Feels like (after many years) i am having a breakthrough with dealing with my social anxiety and also with my shyness. So many books read like medical journals or worse they are endless lists of exercises and tests - this book was different. It got to the point quickly and allowed me to implement the tips and to, day by day, breakthrough the cycle of social anxiety.

This book was recommended to me and now I am passing on that favour. Personally it really does feel like a major breakthrough for me.

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  • 12-29-16

Incredible book, really helped me

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES. If they were suffering from social anxiety or shyness (as I have for much of my life) then I would 100% recommend this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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Which character – as performed by Rebekah Amber Clark – was your favourite?

?? It was not that sort of book.

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I find a lot of books in this genre to either be far too medical or just to be full of endless tests. This book was, thankfully, different. It was practical. It contained information, advice and tips that I could implement in my own life.

It felt realistic. And most importantly, at least 80% of what it has recommended has worked within a week. I feel so much better already and last night I was able to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger, something i would have found very difficult in the past.

Very grateful for this book and i highly recommend it!

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  • Henry Whitehead
  • 09-17-17

Immediately useful and concise

Immediately useful, this author-narrated book has a great selection of tools that someone suffering from social anxiety can realistically put to use right away. I would recommend this to anyone who experiences social anxiety. The author seems to be down to earth and intimately familiar with the subject.

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  • Open Ears
  • 01-08-17

I learnt so much for this.

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I learnt so much for this book, helping me to finally deal with some quite deep-rooted issues with social situations and the anxiety i had about these things. Its not been an overnight cure but a gradual process over the past few weeks which have made tackling these issues and social situations so so much easier.

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  • W1992
  • 12-30-16

Much more than i expected...

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I was a little dubious about this as i have tried various books like this with no real results but i took a chance after a recommendation and i am so very very glad I did.

It actually made sense, which is rare! It was easy to follow, direct and unique. A different twist on the usual advice. I am so much better and its only a few days since i got it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-21

Self esteem

The book is about social anxiety but in my opinion, ultimately it comes down to self esteem. And this book did a very good job at raising mine and showing me how to keep it sustainable, even through bad times.

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  • ListenEveryday
  • 08-26-20

Superb

THE book that helped me restart in life and for this I will be forever grateful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-22-22

Changed my life and several friends

I originally came to this book, on print, thru an online support group. It was enormously helpful so when I saw it on audible I jumped at the chance to get it. As good as the print version is, the audible version is ten times better. Everything makes so much more sense when it is being narrated. I have recommended this book to many many people and 99% of them have also found this to be enormously beneficial.

Social anxiety is a horrible thing but do NOT give up. Help and assistance is available.

Start with this book. You will not regret it.

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  • 04-17-22

Social Anxiety, Shyness, Confidence, Assertiveness

Cures for Social Anxiety and Shyness
Increasing Confidence, Assertiveness, Self-Esteem...these are such VITAL things to a happy, productive and successful life, but for people like me, these things are just not easy.

To anyone reading this...do not give up. Get this book. Follow it. Be patient. And things can change. They have for me, even tho it looked hopeless at times.

An incredible amazing beautiful book, worthy of all the praise it gets.

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  • AudibleFan1
  • 12-20-21

Social anxiety cure

I didnt realise an actual cure for social anxiety existed until I finished this book.
For the first time in years, I am excited for the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-24-21

Social Anxiety

The book that FINALLY FINALLY helped me to overcome my social anxiety and shyness.
For that, I will be forever grateful to the author.
My life has changed.
I am finally free and I am finally...happy.