Martin M. Antony, PhD, is professor and chair in the department of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. He is director of research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, and past president of the Canadian Psychological Association. An award-winning researcher, Antony has been widely quoted in the American and Canadian media. His research, writing, and clinical practice focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and the treatment of anxiety disorders. Antony is coauthor of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook, When Perfect Isn't Good Enough, and more than twenty-five other books. Richard P. Swinson, MD, is professor emeritus and past chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is also medical director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre and past psychiatrist-in-chief at St. Joseph's Healthcare, also in Hamilton. Swinson is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American Psychiatric Association,and the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK. He was awarded an inaugural fellowship of the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 2006. His research interests lie in the theory, assessment, and treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers, thirty book chapters, and eight books. Swinson has held numerous research grants since 1966, and has been an invited speaker at many conferences around the world on anxiety and substance use disorders. He also chaired the steering committee for the Canadian Anxiety Treatment Guidelines Initiative, leading to the publication of Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Anxiety Disorders in 2006.
"Antony and Swinson bring their combined expertise to bear in helping readers understand and reduce their social anxiety. In covering social anxiety from A-Z, they include state-of-the-art information and research-proven strategies for overcoming this often-debilitating problem. This is the first workbook I recommend to my patients with social anxiety--its clear and powerful recommendations can help you get more out of life!"
--Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, director of the University of North Carolina Anxiety and Stress Disorders Program
"Social anxiety and shyness can become so intense that they prevent people from enjoying life. This book is ideal for anyone who wants to learn to be more comfortable around other people. Antony and Swinson have taken proven treatments for social anxiety and adapted them for a nonprofessional audience. The step-by-step strategies described in this book have been shown to be effective, are easy to understand, and are sure to help the reader cope better in social situations. Anyone who experiences significant anxiety when performing or when interacting with other people should read this book!"
--Aaron T. Beck, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania
"This is an excellent resource written by skilled, world-renowned clinicians and researchers in the area of anxiety disorders. Antony and Swinson present the most up-to-date information about social anxiety and its treatment in a way that is clear and, most importantly, that provides step-by-step tools for overcoming this disorder. This is a must-read for persons suffering with social anxiety."
--Michelle G. Craske, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles
"If you have trouble with social anxiety, you will find this book by Antony and Swinson to be an excellent resource. This highly experienced duo has provided an excellent road map to guide you through your efforts to overcome your anxiety and improve the quality of your life. Based on the tried-and-true methods of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and on the results of many scientific studies, the techniques described in this book will help you feel better when you are with other people or the center of attention. The only thing you have to do is work hard and apply them. Best wishes for your journey along that road."
--Richard Heimberg, PhD, Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor of Psychology, and director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University
"This volume, written by a team composed of a psychologist and a psychiatrist, is an outstanding workbook for any individual suffering from social anxiety or shyness and wishing to undertake a structured self-help program to overcome it. The book can be used alone or in conjunction with therapy. The authors are experts in their field and they offer strategies that are solidly grounded in the latest research literature. The workbook format provides readers with the exercises and worksheets they need to do the difficult work required to overcome their shyness and social anxiety."
--Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center in Oakland, CA, and clinical professor in the department of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley
"This workbook by Antony and Swinson gives the millions of people whose lives are limited by social fears the hope to control their future. The book is clear, practical, easy to follow, and, above all, based on solid, scientific ground. The sections on troubleshooting are especially valuable to really help fine tune the techniques. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about overcoming their social fears."
--Ronald M. Rapee, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology at the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
"Antony and Swinson provide practical advice in a highly readable format. This book will be invaluable to people whose social anxiety prevents them from leading full and happy lives."
--Murray B. Stein, MD, professor of psychiatry, and director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Research Program at the University of California, San Diego
"If you know you are paying a price by shying away from social encounters, then you don't have to wait until you are 'ready' to step out into the world. Let this book help you get ready. As you absorb the many insights within these pages, this plan will make such impressive sense that you'll feel your confidence grow. If you are like my clients who apply these clear tactics, you'll soon reap the benefits of your courageous actions."
--Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head