Helpful new book on shyness

Sunday, October 27, 2013


I have not been posting on this blog recently due to work commitments, and I hope to do more in the future. I do want to let you know about a new book by Michael Tompkins that I think is very helpful for people struggling with shyness. He describes very carefully the costs of avoidance, and focuses on the rewards available when you accept and tolerate anxiety. He shows you how to take manageable steps every day to increase your contact with other people and do what you really want to do. It is really worth the read and I think can make a difference. Here is the review that I posted on

Dr. Michael Tompkins has written an incredibly helpful and accessible book for those who struggle with anxiety. One of the outstanding features of Anxiety and Avoidance, A Universal Treatment, is his step by step approach to reducing debilitating avoidance and unhelpful interfering anxious behavior, while accepting and mindfully tolerating anxious thoughts, physical sensations, feelings and emotions, and increasing adaptive approach behavior. He also describes the heartbreaking consequences to work, social and family life that occur when anxiety is left untreated. Dr. Tompkins’ goal is that readers become experts on their own anxiety responses. The book fulfills its promise and is the most sensible, thorough and engaging self help book in this area I have seen.

Posted by Lynne Henderson, PhD at 9:07 AM

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