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Social Phobia
An Interpersonal Approach


  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316617939

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  • Social phobia is a disorder involving an intense fear of being judged by others and it affects the lives of many people. This book takes a critical stance towards the received view of social phobia as a disease of sorts, characterized by abnormal anxiety and caused by an inner mental or physical defective mechanism. Ariel Stravynski adopts an alternative approach to social phobia – as a purposeful interpersonal pattern protective against public humiliation or private rebuff. In this conception, fearfulness is the emotional facet of the socially phobic interpersonal pattern, rather than its driving force. This theoretical framework emphasizing dynamic transactions is articulated in terms of an anthropological psychology and Stravynski argues that social phobia can only be formulated and understood in interpersonal terms. He integrates all available knowledge on social phobia into his proposed framework and exemplifies its application by extending it to the assessment and treatment of the disorder.

    • Proposes an interpersonal theoretical framework for understanding social phobia
    • Applies this framework to the assessment and treatment of social phobia
    • This book complements Fearing Others (Cambridge, 2007) where the framework was first presented
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    'This book provides both beneficial and questionable information to the reader. … Stravynski provides a comprehensive analysis of social phobia that has future implications in a multitude of fields.' Scott Sainato, Social Work

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316617939
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Interpersonal Approach:
    1. Social phobia in interpersonal perspective: a conceptual framework and theoretical statement
    Part II. What Is Social Phobia and What Is its Nature?:
    2. The received view: social phobia construed as a disorder (disease) of anxiety
    3. The interpersonal outlook: social phobia construed as an extended fearful interpersonal pattern
    Part III. What Causes Social Phobia?:
    4. Reductive dualism I: social phobia as a consequence of bodily (brain) defects
    5. Reductive dualism II: social phobia as a consequence of mental (cognitive) defects
    6. Causality at the interpersonal level: a multi-causal analysis
    Part IV. Applications of the Interpersonal Approach:
    7. Assessment and functional analysis
    8. Treatment: undoing and overhauling social phobia
    Part V. Conclusions:
    9. Concluding remarks.

  • Author

    Ariel Stravynski, Université de Montréal
    Ariel Stravynski is Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montréal and has been researching social phobia for more than thirty years. He is the author of Fearing Others: The Nature and Treatment of Social Phobia (Cambridge, 2007).

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