The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back

Narrated by: Dr. Aziz Gazipura
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Are you held back in your life due to shyness or social anxiety? In this inspiring, breakthrough book, Dr. Aziz will guide you along the path towards greater confidence in yourself. You will discover what is keeping you stuck in shyness and learn exactly what to do in order to break free. You will master dozens of clinically proven techniques that will help you:

- Stop worrying about what others will think of you.- Free yourself from social anxiety, shyness, self-doubt and self-criticism. - Identify your strengths and increase your self-esteem so you can feel proud of who you are. - Overcome your fear of rejection so you can meet people, date, and excel in your career. - Start conversations and meet new people without social anxiety or fear. - Create fulfilling friendships and romantic relationships.

©2013 Aziz Gazipura (P)2014 Aziz Gazipura

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Not for me

I felt like I couldn’t relate to the author. Everything revolves around dating women and talking to women. I didn’t learn anything useful when it came to dealing with social anxiety for myself. Will keep searching.

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This book is for men and dating

What disappointed you about The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

I was hoping to get ways to change my social anxiety as a female nd all I got was a couple hours of this author putting himself down for not knowing how to hit on women and how her over come that fear.

What was most disappointing about Dr. Aziz Gazipura, PsyD’s story?

Should have given the book a different title.

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sounds like a how to date book.

The author seems really focused on the aspect of dating and meeting women than social anxiety in general.

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It’s about dating women - misleading title

Unfortunately it wasn’t what I was hoping for. Need a good book on how to rise above social anxiety not about dating women.

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Essential information about social anxiety

This is a very helpful book on combatting social anxiety. It is essential reading (listening) for anyone suffering from this affliction. Dr. Gazipura is an excellent narrator! The central ideas are: Social anxiety comes from an underlying belief that something is wrong with you, the solution to social anxiety is to let go of this belief, the way our inner critic talks to us is much less reasonable than the way we would talk to anyone else, and to gradually expose yourself to doing the things that cause you anxiety and fear while using tools to more positively address your inner critic. The book is really good. I'm very glad I read it, I will be reading it again, and I want to read Dr. Gazipura's other books now. I'm a fan, and I'm very thankful for Dr. Gazipura utilizing his experience and talents to share this helpful information with people suffering from this frustrating, often-misunderstood, life-altering condition.

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Aziz has been there & lived it. But, not what I expected.

Aziz is likable to listen to. He does a great job narrating. He covers all the social anxiety situations. He brings you right up to line of action.
Qualify by comments by saying I am 64 yrs. old, but still fighting the big corporation work battle every day. For me, I hoped the book would prepare me with tools to use when you are in those social situations. Then, armed with those tools, I would be more comfortable, even very comfortable in such interactions with people. So, Aziz gets you into meeting someone new or in a group setting, after the first pleasantries, what do you talk about? Apparently, that is in other books. What are the best topics to get conversations going? What do males verses females like to talk about? Different age groups? What able creating Charisma?We know the Dale Carnegie material. Sometimes, I am keeping a minimal conversation going, but I am bored out of my mind. And, I don't want to bore others with interests of mine if it is not their cup of tea. When it's something we share in common, it's easy. So what are tools I can use for everyone?

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  • MJ
  • 07-13-19

Informative

Much good information as the author takes you through how social anxiety arises. Later chapters are best for how to learn coping strategies.

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A life changing book

Great book, i hope i heared it long time ago. it ended my problems with social anxiety

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Amazing read

As all of Dr Aziz's book this is another that gives me great clarity about social anxiety. He's so great at expressing exactly be how it should be put. I LOVE it

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Book will take you as far as you are willing to go

Great narration from Dr. Aziz. Focused more towards men, but applicable to everyone who wants to overcome social anxiety.

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  • Giorgio Guglielmino
  • 01-16-19

It's great to follow the exercise on this book

This is not just to read, it is to follow the and commit to the methods proposed by the author. Together with the other 2 books from him, I have found new ways to get were I wanted, it's a slow path but it's working for me

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  • Nicky
  • 05-05-16

Used a free credit to get this book. It sucks.

What would have made The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back better?

If you have struggled with anxiety and shyness and tried to get rid of those, then you would have already done everything this book says. Nothing new or surprising. The book is only filled with stories of other sufferers. Stories that many people could easily relate to. That's it. No convincing "solution" to be seen/heard from this book. I suggest that you should just put yourself in more uncomfortable social situations and eventually you will get used to it. Avoid this book. :)

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If you have struggled with anxiety and shyness and tried to get rid of those, then you would have already done everything this book says. Nothing new or surprising. The book is only filled with stories of other sufferers. Stories that many people could easily relate to. That's it. No convincing "solution" to be seen/heard from this book. I suggest that you should just put yourself in more uncomfortable social situations and eventually you will get used to it. Avoid this book. :)

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  • ian
  • 04-18-16

A must for sufferers of Social Anxiety & Shyness!

Picked this book up after suffering from Social Anxiety and depression for as far back as I can remember. That's a lot of pain in 43 years !

Following the exercises and taking on board all the advice has helped me overcome a particularly difficult time in my life ! I no longer fear meeting new people or become overwhelmed in crowds or endure the constant abuse of my 'Self Critic!'

This has been my Anxieties silver bullet ! I really hope it works for you to !

Thank you 😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-20

Amazing! Life changing book!

Would definitely recommend this book to anyone struggling with shyness. It will change your life!

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  • Pavell
  • 12-31-18

Really helped

I have read a lot of books about developing confidence and overcoming social anxiety. By far this one is the most helpful. Dr.Aziz's reading style and voice sound very pleasing to the ears. Couldn't recommend enough

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  • Filippo
  • 09-18-18

Another Great Work By Dr. Gazipura.

I like Dr. Aziz's work regarding confidence. Alot of the things he mentions in this audio book resonates with me and my past. I found this book to be very encouraging, and so will you if you have struggles in this area of your life. Happy listening.

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  • Silas
  • 06-01-18

Great book

A very good book, wish i listened to this as a young man in my early 20's but better late than never. chapter 6 and chapter 7 are my favorite. thanks Dr Aziz for another inspiring book. 5 stars

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  • Robo46
  • 08-05-16

fantastic book

Fantastic book! has make me realised about my inner negative thoughts and just switched for positive. We can do!

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  • Ajai
  • 02-28-16

Made see see things a lot clearer then i did befor

Where does The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not listened to many before but definatly recommend if you think you may have social anxiety

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Some scenes when Dr Aziz is telling back scenarios of real life discussions he had with clients with SA made me laugh out loud, but they all really struck a cord with similar feelings i have had, so it was easy to relate.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be prepared to see change your perspective on things - maybe not of life as a whole - but see things a little differently.

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  • Graham
  • 07-30-16

Solution?! Made me feel worse!

What disappointed you about The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back?

It was nonsense. Cliched and incredibly patronising.

What was most disappointing about Dr. Aziz Gazipura, PsyD’s story?

The entire story basically.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was OK really, but the actual material was so bad.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Errr...well...the cover is nice. I guess.

Any additional comments?

Sorry, I hate to be rude but this was a total waste of my money and my time. Social anxiety is such a terrible terrible thing, but this sort of book is no use at all - if anything this almost makes me feel worse :(

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  • Chris B.
  • 01-21-17

immediate relief from social anxiety

I am 30 years old and have struggled within social anxiety for as long as I can remember, although I wasn't diagnosed until early last year. This audio book was the first direct attempt to address this issue since finding out and I have already noticed an improvement. This audio book gave me an understanding of what my anxiety is, what has caused it and how to move past it. Those aspects alone has made it worth every penny. 10/10 would recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-18

If you're 17 and can't talk to girls...

I found this book to talk more about how to talk to girls, instead of social situations where you would feel anxious around people or trying to create friendships with new people.

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  • ROSIE
  • 12-15-17

Do not bother with this if you are not a man

Written entirely from a male perspective for males. The author makes a poor attempt to explain why in the beginning - for “ease” and “clarity”. It doesn’t strike me as difficult to change he/him pursuing she/her to they/them. Poor excuse. I got through a couple of chapters but couldn’t stand the brazen male-centric language and had to can it. If I’d bought this in hard copy I would have returned it.

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  • Gavin Piliczky
  • 04-29-20

Great listen, insightful

I won't go on about it but i found this book was very helpful. I'd recommend to anyone who has social anxiety and even those with other issues like depression etc.

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  • David
  • 01-28-20

really helpful book

the book is really helpful to tackle my issues. I will read this again. thank you

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  • Renee Boudreaux
  • 10-16-19

Finally feeling Hopeful...

I've spent all my since sentience, feeling this way. no has ever put it into words. now I feel like I can have a future that I want not settle for an empty, lonely life.

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  • Kel
  • 06-27-18

Very Helpful

This book is full of great ideas to help you manage your social anxiety. I like that the author narrates it to because it makes it more like a relaxed conversation with a friend rather than reading a book.

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  • Samara Wills
  • 02-03-17

Amazing

This book has been wonderful . I didn't even know help existed for this type of fear. It opened my eyes to how much I hold myself back and don't live a full life. I'm so excited to start trying all the tools I have learned to overcome this type of anxiety. Highly recommended.

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  • Andrew M
  • 07-31-15

An excellent book that opened my eyes

Great book. While listening to this I discovered a few things about myself. I bought this book for one thing and learnt much more. Highly recommended.

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  • James
  • 12-13-15

very goood

highly recommend it, very pleasent to listen on the go. Good facts and practical exercises. i have benifitsd from this book awesome