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BOOKS THAT I RECOMMEND
These books are all about anxiety/social anxiety and how to do mindfulness, acceptance & commitment work to dissolve your social anxiety, as well as soothing techniques and exposure therapy.
The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris, MD
Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by Georg H. Eifert
Overcoming Social Anxiety & Shyness by Gillian Butler
Another piece of required reading – this book by the late, great Albert Ellis will also help youself-accept in a way you’ve not experienced before. He explains why the concept of self-esteem is judgmental and conditional very clearly.
The Myth of Self-Esteem: How REBT Can Change Your Life Forever by Albert Ellis
These books on secular Buddhism have greatly helped me in bringing up my awareness and compassion – especially compassion for myself. Pema’s book is more clearly written and easier to understand for the Western mind, but both are great.
Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits & Fears by Pema Chodron
Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron
The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa
These books are rooted in quantum physics and neurobiology, interesting fields that go into the nature of reality and how we work as human beings, which can help you to gain further insight into your social anxiety.
Evolve Your Brain by Joe Dispenza
SELF-STUDY SYSTEMS & COURSES
Overcoming Shyness and Social Anxiety by David Hamilton (me)
Shyness and Social Anxiety System by Sean Cooper
Conversation Confidence by Eduard Ezeneau
Panic Away (for those with panic issues)
The Linden Method (for those with general anxiety or agoraphobia or panic)
Dating Courses for Men with Dr. Robert Glover