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Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear and Panic. Jeffrey Brantley, $23.95

Calming Your Anxious Mind is a gentle call to stop and pay more attention to your self and your life, and practice being - not doing. Practicing mindfulness and attending to life, moment by moment, will reduce your anxiety and stress and help you find peace and calm.

Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind. Jeffrey Brantley & Wendy Millstine, $22.95

In his first book, Calming Your Anxious Mind, psychiatrist and author Jeffrey Brantley, shows you how to use the principles of mindfulness to manage anxiety and panic and rediscover the joy in living. Now in this follow-up book, he and coauthor Wendy Millstine present a series of daily meditations you can use to overcoming fear, anxiety, and panic. These easy-to-learn and practice techniques can ease anyone into a regular beneficial mindfulness practice. Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind also includes visualizations, affirmations, and activities you can use to deal with anxiety in daily life. By practicing these techniques, you'll discover their own inner core of stability, peace, and presence.


Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control. Scott Spradin, $22.95

When we are regularly undone by our emotions, we become victims of damaged relationships, trapped circumstances, self-sabotage, and illness. This workbook offers help to all of us who want to gain the upper hand on our feelings and our lives. Even high reactors, people disposed to experiencing strong, even overwhelming emotions on a regular basis, will find its strategies easy to use and effective at managing frequent emotional flare-ups.


How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. Don Gabor, $22.00

Break through the shyness barrier, be a better speaker, meet more people and make new friends. How to Start a Conversation shows you how communicate with confidence, wit and enthusiasm in person or on the phone, one-on-one or in groups.

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The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Free Yourself from Fear and Reclaim Your Life. Jan Fleming, Nancy Kocovski, Zindel Segal, $27.95

Shyness is a common problem that comes with a high price. If you suffer from shyness or social anxiety you might avoid social situations and may have trouble connecting with others due to an extreme fear of humiliation, rejection, and judgment. As a shy person, you may also experience panic attacks that make it even more likely that you’ll avoid social situations.

With The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness, the authors’ acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) program for overcoming shyness has become available to the public for the first time. This program has been found to be highly effective in research studies for the treatment of social anxiety disorder and related subclinical levels of shyness.

In the first section, you will confront performance fears, test anxiety, shy bladder, and interpersonal fears—fundamental symptoms of social anxiety. The second part helps you learn psychological flexibility to improve your ability to accept the feelings, thoughts, and behavior that may arise as you learn to work past your anxiety.


PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges. Elizabeth Laugeson, $88.10

PEERS® for Young Adults presents the first evidence-based group treatment program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders and social challenges. Inside, readers will find a critical step forward in the dissemination of effective behavioral interventions for young adults in the form of 16 engaging group session outlines that are both user-friendly and backed by empirical research. Each session is accompanied by homework assignments and practice suggestions designed to reinforce the group’s understanding of the skills learned during each meeting. This practical resource will prove to be an invaluable reference for any clinician or educator working with this population.


Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Susan Cain, $18.00

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society — from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, QUIET shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts — from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

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The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear. Martin Antony & Richard Swinson, $34.95

There's nothing wrong with being shy. But if social anxiety keeps you from forming relationships with others, advancing in your education or your career, or carrying on with everyday activities, you may need to confront your fears to live an enjoyable, satisfying life. This new edition of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook offers a comprehensive program to help you do just that. As you complete the activities in this workbook, you'll learn to:

  • Find your strengths and weaknesses with a self-evaluation
  • Explore and examine your fears
  • Create a personalized plan for change
  • Put your plan into action through gentle and gradual exposure to social situations

Information about therapy, medications, and other resources is also included. After completing this program, you'll be well-equipped to make connections with the people around you. Soon, you'll be on your way to enjoying all the benefits of being actively involved in the social world.


Social Intelligence: the New Science of Human Relationships. Daniel Goleman, $22.00

In SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most fundamental discovery: we are designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a “neural ballet” that connects us brain to brain with those around us. Our reactions to others, and theirs to us, have a far-reaching biological impact, sending out cascades of hormones that regulate everything from our hearts to our immune systems, making good relationships act like vitamins—and bad relationships like poisons. Goleman explains the surprising accuracy of first impressions, the basis of charisma and emotional power, the complexity of sexual attraction, and how we detect lies. He describes the “dark side” of social intelligence, from narcissism to Machiavellianism and psychopathy. He also reveals our astonishing capacity for “mindsight,” as well as the tragedy of those, like autistic children, whose mindsight is impaired.

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Social Literacy: a Social Skills Seminar for Young Adults with ASDs, NLDs, and Social Anxiety. Mary Riggs Cohen, $54.95

All adults need strong social skills to find and keep a job, establish relationships, and participate fully in adult life — but building these skills can be a special challenge for people with autism, Asperger syndrome, nonverbal learning disorder, social anxiety, and other disorders affecting social learning.

With Social Literacy, professionals will have everything they need to conduct a full 12 weeks of lessons. This book-and-CD set includes practical guidance on establishing a social learning course, strategies for recruiting and training social coaches, photocopiable handouts, and exercises that help participants understand and practice social skills, and a CD-ROM with more than 100 PowerPoint slides for instructional use. A highly effective way to teach critical social skills to high-functioning adults, this proven curriculum will prepare participants to successfully navigate the joys and challenges of adult life.


TEXT, Don't Call: an Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life. INFJoe, $19.00

An illustrated guide to the challenges and pleasures of the introverted life. There are many misconceptions about introverts in the world. They’re shy. Anti-social. They don’t want to have close relationships. They’re all cat people. They don’t like big parties (okay, that last one might be true).

INFJoe, the cartoon persona of artist and introvert Aaron Caycedo-Kimura, is here to set the record straight. Filled with charming comic book style illustrations, this book provides invaluable insights into the introverted life with plenty of humor and wit. Full of moments that will make introverts say, “That’s so me!” as well as helpful tips on surviving at parties and in the workplace, Text, Don’t Call is the perfect gift for your quiet friends, or the extroverted ones who could use some help to better understand the introverts in their lives.


We're All Mad Here: the No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety. Claire Eastham, $24.95

Anxiety is a crafty shapeshifter that can take on many forms: the tiger that sinks its claws in with physical symptoms and distressing thoughts, the cruel and belittling bully creating insecurity and self-doubt and, worst of all, the frenemy rewarding avoidance of social situations with no physical symptoms, no cruel thoughts... and no life beyond your sofa!

This no-nonsense guide to beating social anxiety covers everything from surviving university and the workplace, through to social media and making it through parties and dates (whilst actually enjoying them!) With honest insights about her own social anxiety and a healthy dose of humour, award-winning blogger Claire Eastham describes what social anxiety is, why it happens, and how you can lessen its effects with lifestyle choices, talking therapies or even a hug from your favourite canine friend!

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Complete Booklist

Social Skills Resources for Adults

Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear and Panic. Jeffrey Brantley, $23.95

Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind. Jeffrey Brantley & Wendy Millstine, $22.95

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control. Scott Spradin, $22.95

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.10th Anniversary Edition. Daniel Goleman, $22.00

How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. Don Gabor, $22.00

The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Social Anxiety and Shyness: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Free Yourself from Fear and Reclaim Your Life. Jan Fleming, Nancy Kocovski, Zindel Segal, $27.95

PEERS® for Young Adults: Social Skills Training for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Social Challenges. Elizabeth Laugeson, $88.10

Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Susan Cain, $18.00

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear. Martin Antony & Richard Swinson, $34.95

Social Intelligence: the New Science of Human Relationships. Daniel Goleman, $22.00

Social Literacy: a Social Skills Seminar for Young Adults with ASDs, NLDs, and Social Anxiety. Mary Riggs Cohen, $54.95

TEXT, Don't Call: an Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life. INFJoe, $19.00

We're All Mad Here: the No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety. Claire Eastham, $24.95

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