Coping With Shyness
This title is bothersome. Shyness, according to the author, is a problem that needs treating. Throughout the book, there are discussions of paralyzing fear and how this is a severe “personality problem.” I think what the author is describing is severe anxiety. I am a little disturbed by the use of shyness as a catch-all term for descriptions of serious mental health issues.
Although this is a part of a series aimed at teens, the reading isn’t so teen friendly. I also think most teens would balk at this description. Lumping in more than several mental conditions into a term like shyness is a bad idea. I am not even sure it is a clinical term. I think most people define shyness as a reluctance to situations that involve a lot of new people or new situations. I think everyone has moments like this from time to time. The way this guy writes, shyness is the same as severe agoraphobia. APA has a more reasonable definition here. I don’t like how this guy says it’s one of the “greatest emotional problems in the country.” I guess this guy has never read the definition of nuance.