Handbook of Social and Evaluation Anxiety

  • Harold Leitenberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Harold Leitenberg
      Pages 1-8
  3. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Peter Trower, Paul Gilbert, Georgina Sherling
      Pages 11-45
    3. Jonathan M. Cheek, Lisa A. Melchior
      Pages 47-82
  4. Social Anxiety in Childhood: Developmental and Clinical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Ross A. Thompson, Susan P. Limber
      Pages 85-137
    3. Mary K. Rothbart, Jennifer Alansky Mauro
      Pages 139-160
    4. Ronald J. Prinz
      Pages 161-178
    5. Thomas H. Ollendick, Neville J. King
      Pages 179-214
  5. Social Anxiety in Adulthood: Establishing Relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Debra A. Hope, Richard G. Heimberg
      Pages 217-246
    3. Warren H. Jones, Jayne Rose, Daniel Russell
      Pages 247-266
  6. Social Anxiety in Adulthood: Clinical Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Agnes Scholing, Paul M. G. Emmelkamp
      Pages 269-324
    3. Robert K. Heinssen Jr., Carol R. Glass
      Pages 325-355
    4. Timothy J. Bruce, David H. Barlow
      Pages 357-384
    5. Ellen Tobey Klass
      Pages 385-414
  7. Evaluation Anxiety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Ronald E. Smith, Frank L. Smoll
      Pages 417-454
    3. William J. Fremouw, Joseph L. Breitenstein
      Pages 455-474
    4. Irwin G. Sarason, Barbara R. Sarason
      Pages 475-495
    5. Esther D. Rothblum
      Pages 497-537
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 539-553

About this book


For a long time I have wanted to put together a book about sodal and evaluation anxiety. Sodal-evaluation anxiety seemed to be a stressful part of so many people's everyday experience. It also seemed to be apart of so many of the clinical problems that I worked with. Common terms that fit under this rubric include fears of rejection, humiliation, critidsm, embarrassment, ridicule, failure, and abandonment. Examples of sodal and evaluation anxiety include shyness; sodal inhibition; sodal timidity; public speaking anxiety; feelings of self-consdousness and awkwardness in sodal situations; test anxiety; perfor­ mance anxiety in sports, theater, dance, or music; shame; guilt; separation anx­ iety; sodal withdrawal; procrastination; and fear of job interviews or job evalua­ tions, of asking someone out, of not making a good impression, or of appearing stupid, foolish, or physically unattractive. In its extreme form, sodal anxiety is a behavior disorder in its own right­ sodal phobia. This involves not only feelings of anxiety but also avoidance and withdrawal from sodal situations in which scrutiny and negative evaluation are antidpated. Sodal-evaluation anxiety also plays a role in other clinical disorders. For example, people with agoraphobia are afraid of having a panic attack in public in part because they fear making a spectacle of themselves. Moreover, even their dominant terrors of going crazy or having a heart attack seem to reflect a central concern with sodal abandonment and isolation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Harold Leitenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VermontBurlingtonUSA

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