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Shyness and Social Anxiety

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at

Reading List

Berent, Jonathan (1993). Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties. New York: Fireside Books.

Johnson, David W. (2003). Reaching Out: Interpersonal Effectiveness and Self Actualization, 8th edition, Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Markway, Barbara, et al. (1992). Dying of Embarrassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Social Phobia. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Note: A practical workbook with techniques for assessing your fears and working on them

Zimbardo, Philip (1987). Shyness: What It Is and What to Do About It. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley.

Web Resources

American Psychological Association (APA)
Psychology topic covered in the APA website.

Shyness | Psychology Today
Find information about shyness - what is it?
Shyness is the awkwardness or apprehension some people feel when approaching or being approached by other people. Unlike introverts, who feel energized by time alone, shy people often desperately want to connect with others, but don't know how or can't tolerate the anxiety that comes with human interaction.