How to Be Yourself (Hardcover)

Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety

By Ellen Hendriksen

St. Martin's Press, 9781250161703, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 13, 2018



Picking up where Quiet ended, How to Be Yourself is the best book you'll ever read about how to conquer social anxiety.

"This book is also a groundbreaking road map to finally being your true, authentic self." --Susan Cain, New York Times, USA Today and nationally bestselling author of Quiet

When you get nervous about interacting with others, you're probably told, "Just be yourself " But that is easier said than done--especially if you're prone to social anxiety. You might say you're just introverted or bad with people; that you're fine around friends but feel like you can't speak up in a board meeting or a mingling event; or maybe you never would have considered yourself socially anxious but have recently moved or started a new job, only to become isolated and unsure.

But Dr. Ellen Hendriksen proposes a groundbreaking idea: you already have everything you need to succeed in any unfamiliar social situation. As someone who lives with social anxiety herself, Dr. Hendriksen has devoted her career to helping her clients overcome the same obstacles she has. With both familiarity and authority, Dr. Hendriksen talks the reader through the roots of social anxiety and why it endures; how it's wired into our brains and how we can change our brains through our behavior; and how to quiet your Inner Critic (the voice that says, You can't). Using her techniques to develop confidence, think through the buzz of anxiety, and relax in the face of uncertainty, you can finally be yourself.

About the Author

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their authentic selves through her award-winning podcast, Savvy Psychologist, and in her clinic at Boston University's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). Ellen's scientifically-based, zero-judgment approach is regularly featured in Psychology Today, Scientific American, The Huffington Post, Susan Cain's Quiet Revolution, and many other media outlets. Savvy Psychologist, which has been downloaded over 5 million times, was picked as a Best New Podcast of 2014 on iTunes and was Otto Radio's Best Healthcare Podcast of 2016. Ellen earned her Ph.D. at UCLA and completed her training at Harvard Medical School. She lives in the Boston area with her family.