Philip G. Zimbardo and Shirley Radl


The Origins of Mental Illness

Two out of every five people in the U.S. regard themselves as "shy." Yet shyness can be cured, says Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the nation's leading authority on shyness. With co-author Shirley Radl, Dr. Zimbardo presents a program for overcoming and preventing shyness from infancy to adulthood.

The Shy Child is based on pioneering research conducted at the Stanford Shyness Clinic, including surveys of people in the U.S. and abroad; interviews with children, parents, and teachers; and systematic experimental research that compared the behavior of shy to non-shy people. This book documents which parenting "style" encourages self-confidence in a child, and provides methods for building a child's trust and self-esteem. It explores the role that school plays in contributing to a child's shyness, and suggests ways to improve the quality of the classroom experience for every child. The Shy Child is the only book to provide an effective program for conquering shyness in childhood, before it has a chance to limit a child's options and determine the course of the child's life.

Philip G. Zimbardo is a social psychologist at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Shyness Clinic. He is the author of the bestselling Shyness: What It Is, What to Do About It. Before her death in 1991, Shirley L. Radl was a journalist and author.

This title is also available in Spanish (El niño tímido).

"Run to your nearest bookstore and buy The Shy Child." —Ann Landers

"Shows parents how to create an environment most likely to build confidence and self-esteem in children from pre-school through college years." —Science News

"...offers parents and teachers alike valuable approaches to helping children conquer shyness before it adversely affects them. A real must for parents and educators concerned about the shy child." —Childhood Education

"Of the dozens of how-to books that crossed our desk this year, this seemed particularly helpful. Solid advice not only for parents but also for those of any age who see themselves as shy." —Washington Post

ISBN 978-1-883536-21-3, Kindle $9.99

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