• The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back

  • By: Dr. Aziz Gazipura PsyD
  • Narrated by: Dr. Aziz Gazipura
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (1,443 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Are you held back in your life due to shyness or social anxiety? In this inspiring, breakthrough book, Dr. Aziz will guide you along the path towards greater confidence in yourself. You will discover what is keeping you stuck in shyness and learn exactly what to do in order to break free. You will master dozens of clinically proven techniques that will help you:

- Stop worrying about what others will think of you.- Free yourself from social anxiety, shyness, self-doubt and self-criticism. - Identify your strengths and increase your self-esteem so you can feel proud of who you are. - Overcome your fear of rejection so you can meet people, date, and excel in your career. - Start conversations and meet new people without social anxiety or fear. - Create fulfilling friendships and romantic relationships.

©2013 Aziz Gazipura (P)2014 Aziz Gazipura

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Not for me

I felt like I couldn’t relate to the author. Everything revolves around dating women and talking to women. I didn’t learn anything useful when it came to dealing with social anxiety for myself. Will keep searching.

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This book is for men and dating

What disappointed you about The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

I was hoping to get ways to change my social anxiety as a female nd all I got was a couple hours of this author putting himself down for not knowing how to hit on women and how her over come that fear.

What was most disappointing about Dr. Aziz Gazipura, PsyD’s story?

Should have given the book a different title.

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I was really skeptical at first, BUT....

This book has genuinely changed my life. I'm not that old, only a Freshman in college, but anxiety has really started to squeeze the lif out of me. When I was younger, I used to love school. I'd talk non-stop, I was that class clown, and had many friends. Then a switch flipped in high school. All of a sudden I was scared, ashamed of myself as a person, constantly obsessed with what the older kids thought of me. I had many girls express interest in me, but I ended up avoiding them, afraid they would reject me (even after they made the first and hardest step!). I was determined to change this year, and Dr. Aziz's book helped so much. The length looks daunting, but it feels short if you're determined. Have an open mind, let your pain drive you to change. I hope you truely listen and practice these exercises. Good luck and thanks to Dr. Aziz for help me break the chains of Anxiety.

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The Best Book on Social Anxiety !!!

If you could sum up The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back in three words, what would they be?

This is the Best book I have read or listen to on Social Anxiety. The Author also is the Narrator and you can feel his passion in his words. He breaks it down to simple terms to how to deal with your social anxiety so simple it almost makes you laugh.

What does Dr. Aziz Gazipura bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love his passion. you can hear it in his voice.

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DR AZIZ NAILS IT!

What about Dr. Aziz Gazipura’s performance did you like?

Dr. Aziz is personable and easy to listen to. He makes you feel like he actually cares and genuinely wants to help people. Dr. Aziz also has a fantastic website that offers other videos and programs if you like the material in the book and want to take it the next step. He also puts on events in the Portland area I am actually planning to attend spring of 2016. I'll update this review afterwards. In my opinion if you are going to buy just one book or audiobook on the subject of social anxiety and how to kick anxiety's butt then this is the book for you!

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

I have been to a therapist and tried CBT and it really didn't work that well for me. This book has already done more for me than the 9 months of CBT.

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It's not for everyone.

Fundamental level one book. all he talks about is approaching a women's. So much encouragement but not on solution.

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Wow!

What did you love best about The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

This is the best book I've ever read on shyness, confidence, anxiety. So comprehensive, honest, sensitive and at times humorous. Real approach and solutions.

What other book might you compare The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back to and why?

Perhaps 'Feel the Fear and do it anyway'

What about Dr. Aziz Gazipura’s performance did you like?

He is clear, lighthearted, humorous and relatable

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

Everything starting now!

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Aziz has been there & lived it. But, not what I expected.

Aziz is likable to listen to. He does a great job narrating. He covers all the social anxiety situations. He brings you right up to line of action.
Qualify by comments by saying I am 64 yrs. old, but still fighting the big corporation work battle every day. For me, I hoped the book would prepare me with tools to use when you are in those social situations. Then, armed with those tools, I would be more comfortable, even very comfortable in such interactions with people. So, Aziz gets you into meeting someone new or in a group setting, after the first pleasantries, what do you talk about? Apparently, that is in other books. What are the best topics to get conversations going? What do males verses females like to talk about? Different age groups? What able creating Charisma?We know the Dale Carnegie material. Sometimes, I am keeping a minimal conversation going, but I am bored out of my mind. And, I don't want to bore others with interests of mine if it is not their cup of tea. When it's something we share in common, it's easy. So what are tools I can use for everyone?

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Should have been titled, "Advice for Hitting on Women"

Not much on social anxiety. Unless you match the author's struggles with picking up women, and are in your early 20's, I wouldn't buy this book.

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Book obnoxiously assumes that I am male

What disappointed you about The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

I thought I could ignore it, but it really got on my nerves after a while. This book constantly refers to the reader as a heterosexual man, and it frustrated me to no end, as I am not that.Nowhere in the description does it say that this book is for males or heterosexuals, and his research has been done on women as well as men, so I don't understand why he felt the need to direct his book solely to men. It is obnoxious and made the book unreadable for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dr. Aziz Gazipura, PsyD again?

Maybe, if he stops assuming that his reader is a certain gender.

Any additional comments?

The actually advice on social anxiety was fine. The narration was a bit slow, but also fine.

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  • Nicky
  • 05-05-16

Used a free credit to get this book. It sucks.

What would have made The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back better?

If you have struggled with anxiety and shyness and tried to get rid of those, then you would have already done everything this book says. Nothing new or surprising. The book is only filled with stories of other sufferers. Stories that many people could easily relate to. That's it. No convincing "solution" to be seen/heard from this book. I suggest that you should just put yourself in more uncomfortable social situations and eventually you will get used to it. Avoid this book. :)

Any additional comments?

If you have struggled with anxiety and shyness and tried to get rid of those, then you would have already done everything this book says. Nothing new or surprising. The book is only filled with stories of other sufferers. Stories that many people could easily relate to. That's it. No convincing "solution" to be seen/heard from this book. I suggest that you should just put yourself in more uncomfortable social situations and eventually you will get used to it. Avoid this book. :)

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  • ian
  • 04-18-16

A must for sufferers of Social Anxiety & Shyness!

Picked this book up after suffering from Social Anxiety and depression for as far back as I can remember. That's a lot of pain in 43 years !

Following the exercises and taking on board all the advice has helped me overcome a particularly difficult time in my life ! I no longer fear meeting new people or become overwhelmed in crowds or endure the constant abuse of my 'Self Critic!'

This has been my Anxieties silver bullet ! I really hope it works for you to !

Thank you 😊

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  • Robin R
  • 08-05-16

fantastic book

Fantastic book! has make me realised about my inner negative thoughts and just switched for positive. We can do!

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  • Coffee please
  • 07-30-16

Solution?! Made me feel worse!

What disappointed you about The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

It was nonsense. Cliched and incredibly patronising.

What was most disappointing about Dr. Aziz Gazipura, PsyD’s story?

The entire story basically.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was OK really, but the actual material was so bad.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Errr...well...the cover is nice. I guess.

Any additional comments?

Sorry, I hate to be rude but this was a total waste of my money and my time. Social anxiety is such a terrible terrible thing, but this sort of book is no use at all - if anything this almost makes me feel worse :(

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  • Ajai
  • 02-28-16

Made see see things a lot clearer then i did befor

Where does The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not listened to many before but definatly recommend if you think you may have social anxiety

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Some scenes when Dr Aziz is telling back scenarios of real life discussions he had with clients with SA made me laugh out loud, but they all really struck a cord with similar feelings i have had, so it was easy to relate.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be prepared to see change your perspective on things - maybe not of life as a whole - but see things a little differently.

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  • Audioaddict
  • 11-26-16

What a waste of my time :(

What disappointed you about The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

Repeated info, read a million times before. Nothing new. Same old stuff from years ago.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

The whole book needs rewritten in my opinion with all the new studies we have into social anxiety. This felt out dated.

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  • Open Ears
  • 10-15-16

Very little help at all

What would have made The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back better?

I a more human approach. it felt too clinical and not very true to real life.

Has The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back put you off other books in this genre?

A little bit yes :( I just wanted help with my social anxieties.

Any additional comments?

I just fond it too clinical, too unrealistic, too far removed from what life is REALLY like to be of any real use. Felt a bit old fashioned too, doesn't feel like something for 2016.

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  • karina
  • 10-06-15

Not bad.

I already tried few tasks the author offered it helps to shift your thoughts about yourself and become more confident.practice is the answer

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  • Giorgio Guglielmino
  • 01-16-19

It's great to follow the exercise on this book

This is not just to read, it is to follow the and commit to the methods proposed by the author. Together with the other 2 books from him, I have found new ways to get were I wanted, it's a slow path but it's working for me

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  • daniel snow
  • 03-03-21

love this

Good advice and aziz really captures your interest and makes it easy to understand and follow

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  • ROSIE
  • 12-15-17

Do not bother with this if you are not a man

Written entirely from a male perspective for males.
The author makes a poor attempt to explain why in the beginning - for “ease” and “clarity”.
It doesn’t strike me as difficult to change he/him pursuing she/her to they/them. Poor excuse.
I got through a couple of chapters but couldn’t stand the brazen male-centric language and had to can it.

If I’d bought this in hard copy I would have returned it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-18

If you're 17 and can't talk to girls...

I found this book to talk more about how to talk to girls, instead of social situations where you would feel anxious around people or trying to create friendships with new people.

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  • Chris B.
  • 01-21-17

immediate relief from social anxiety

I am 30 years old and have struggled within social anxiety for as long as I can remember, although I wasn't diagnosed until early last year. This audio book was the first direct attempt to address this issue since finding out and I have already noticed an improvement. This audio book gave me an understanding of what my anxiety is, what has caused it and how to move past it. Those aspects alone has made it worth every penny. 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Andrew M
  • 07-31-15

An excellent book that opened my eyes

Great book. While listening to this I discovered a few things about myself. I bought this book for one thing and learnt much more. Highly recommended.

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  • Jon Tse
  • 12-29-21

Phenomenal read. What a great teacher!

Listening to this for the second time in a row - really love Dr Aziz’s sincerity, knowledge, empathy and compassion.

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  • Gavin Piliczky
  • 04-29-20

Great listen, insightful

I won't go on about it but i found this book was very helpful. I'd recommend to anyone who has social anxiety and even those with other issues like depression etc.

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  • David
  • 01-28-20

really helpful book

the book is really helpful to tackle my issues. I will read this again. thank you

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  • Renee Boudreaux
  • 10-16-19

Finally feeling Hopeful...

I've spent all my since sentience, feeling this way. no has ever put it into words. now I feel like I can have a future that I want not settle for an empty, lonely life.

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  • Kel
  • 06-27-18

Very Helpful

This book is full of great ideas to help you manage your social anxiety. I like that the author narrates it to because it makes it more like a relaxed conversation with a friend rather than reading a book.

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  • Samara Wills
  • 02-03-17

Amazing

This book has been wonderful . I didn't even know help existed for this type of fear. It opened my eyes to how much I hold myself back and don't live a full life. I'm so excited to start trying all the tools I have learned to overcome this type of anxiety. Highly recommended.