Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

I Think, They Think-Overcoming Social Phobia

Academic journal article Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy

I Think, They Think-Overcoming Social Phobia

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I Think, They Think-Overcoming Social Phobia Ronald Rapee. New York: Guilford Publications (www.guilford.com); New South Wales, Australia: Monkey See Productions. 1999, 47 min., $95.00.

Social phobia occurs at one extreme end of a spectrum of anxiety, with normal anxiety being at the other end of the same spectrum. Social phobia can be seen as an extreme form of shyness which causes avoidance of novel situations or people. Social phobia responds remarkably well to cognitive behavior therapy. This video serves as an excellent introduction to the process and treatment of social phobia.

In this video, social phobia, its physical symptoms, effects, and consequences are illustrated through the lives of several people who have this disorder. It is remarkable that there are tremendous similarities in these peoples' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The video illustrates well that regardless of age, background, socioeconomic status, and professional career, how one thinks and responds to his/her thoughts is the key to the manifestation of this disorder. As these different people explain the exercises, thoughts, emotions, and behavioral changes they experience, two mental health care professionals explain the rationale behind the exercises. Together, the patients and the professionals provide a remarkable journey that illustrates the treatment process and its effectiveness.

The video provides a thorough review of the specific steps involved in the cognitive behavioral treatment of social phobia. …

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