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Diagonally Parked in a Parallel Universe: Working Through Social Anxiety Paperback – Jan 1 2000


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  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Effectiveness-Plus Pubns (January 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967126509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967126500
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is SO on the money! The author is a psychologist who recovered from SP after suffering with it for 22 years so she knows what she is talking about. Even Dr. Richard Heimberg a well-known SP clinician and researcher and author gives it high marks.
The book is about SP from EVERY angle. This makes the condition and how it affects us SPs really understandable. I totally identified with the indepth examples and stories. The author shows what SP looks like from the inside and outside and details SPs struggle with every day they live under the SP cloud.
She spends 11 chapters out of 15 (it's a big book - 400 pages) guiding you through working on the three components of SP - physical symptoms, thinking problems, and avoidant behavior. Only then does she talk about how to be more socially effective for those who feel they are not and want to be. I think this is so helpful because I had rusty social skills and had no self-confidence to use them but would never have attempted them until I had my fear under better control.
After you learn the basics first, you are ready to work on advanced skills, like becoming more confident and effective in other areas of your life. This helped me begin to meet people and look for a better job. She offers readers a social effectiveness menu you can choose from based upon what you think you need. So you get to customize your work with different social skills to what you need. This is because the author believes "one size does not fit all".
I worked with this book on my own which helped alot and then with my therapist who recommends it to her SP patients. I refer to it often and still enjoy the humor the author placed here and there.
If you have ANY anxiety in ANY social situations, you can only HELP yourself by getting this book.
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This book really puts the emphasis on how socializing can be different for people (and very tough for others). It is not just a book for Social Anxiety. I believe it poses a lot of options for people to become successful and happy in life. Overall a very good read. I would reccomend this to anyone.
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I was amazed to learn that EVERYTHING you do changes your brain chemistry. When you feel happy or do something nice for someone, you increase serotonin and dopamine which makes you feel less anxious and depressed. When you feel sad, anxious or like a failure, the amount of serotonin and dopamine drops and you feel bad. When you think positive or negative thoughts, you change your chemistry too. How you think, feel and behave is important to how anxious you feel.
This really got me thinking. After I read this book, I checked out some of the references in the back of the book to find out more about this. There have been lots of studies to show that changing your thoughts in a programmatic way to more positive can make a big difference in the amounts of anxiety reducing brain chemicals that are present. So if changing how you respond to life reduces social anxiety, popping pills is NOT the only answer.
I want to permanently change the thoughts that make me anxious but I know now that some people may prefer taking pills for years. The book says specifically that "one size does not fit all". That is why the author gives you so many different things to try and different ways to look at things because each of us is different. I liked being able to customize the treatment suggestions to me.
This author really knows about social anxiety and gives you all the things you need to start getting better. It is a great book for use with or without a therapist and with or without drugs. Its primary concern is what works best for you as an individual to reduce your social anxiety.
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By A Customer on Aug. 30 2003
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I have been reading a lot of self-help literature lately and have passed thru most of the classics, from Dale Carnegie to Maxwell Maltz and others. I tried stuff like "Feeling Good", "Learned Optimist" and many others. This little book with the tacky cover stands out when it comes to the social anxiety aspects. I've always felt too shy and sometimes too pessimistic. That sparked my urge to search for motivational titles and anything that could help. Some are interesting, others plain useless. This book however felt different. For a start, it is not full of padding. I actually managed to get some content out of every page. Plus, it's not full of self-promotion, does not mention seminars, previous books, etc. It feels as if the author is primarily interested in passing the content, something that isn't always felt.
But the biggest advantage is perhaps the "Wow, this is me" feeling I got while reading it. Anyone who has been feeling "shy" for most of their life should consider taking a look at this. The book covers a lot of aspects in life, including work ,dating, job interviews, etc, but in general, the biggest advantage to me was getting to understand myself better.
It will explain you very well why you behave the way you do. The flaws? Well, it covers many possible ways to approach your thoughts and improve, but unfortunately, it is more effective at explaining you what's going on than at helping you solve it. There are no clear methods, no programs, no suggestions. The author tells you about several possible ways to deal with issues and lets you try things for yourself. Once you understand how you think, you can define your own tactic.
I find this a drawback in a way, but not totally.
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