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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Malor Books; 2nd edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883536219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883536213
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" ... offers parents and teachers alike valuable approaches to helping children conquer shyness before it adversely affects them." -- Childhood Education

"...offers strategies for combating shyness, encouraging independence and teaching the child to be a social being." -- L.A. Herald Examiner

"Of the dozens of how-to books that crossed our desk this year, this seemed particularly helpful..." -- Washington Post

"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" -- Science News

"Written in a pleasant, conversational style, unlike many research reports, it is a comprehensive guide..." -- Childhood Education

About the Author

Philip G. Zimbardo is a social psychologist at Stanford University and co-director of the Stanford Shyness Clinic. He is the creator and narrator of the popular PBS-TV series, "Discovering Psychology."

Before her death in 1991, Shirley L. Radl was a journalist and author.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
I found much of this book to be very helpful, with some great tips on helping the shy child. My child is on the very extreme end of being shy, with some SID to make matters worse. Even so, I thought this book had enough helpful items to make the purchase worthwhile. I'd also like to say something about another reviewer's comment that the book doesn't mention Asperger's Syndrome. This reviewer thought it was a serious ommission on the author's part not to mention AS. However, in the author's defense, I think it should be noted that this book was originally written in 1982, well before most people/professionals became aware that there even was such as thing as Aspgerger's Syndrome. That didn't happen until the 1990's, ten years after this book was written.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dr Phil Zimbardo on July 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This fine reprinting (by Malor Books) rescues "The Shy Child" for the many readers who contacted me about its availabity after it was put out of print by a previous publisher (in a cost-cutting institutional move). This book follows up on my earlier popular work, "Shyness: What it is, What to do about it." Whereas the research foundation, exercises, and advice I gave there was based on young adults and those upward in age, this book completes the earlier parts of the life cycle, from college age down to preschoolers. The information and ideas in "The Shy Child" came from several years' worth of observations that I and my co-author, Shirley Radl, made in schools at every grade level, from preschool, elementary, middle, high, up to college, supplemented with interviews, research, and workshops with teachers, parents, and students. We try to convey in accessible prose what we have learned about the meaning of shyness in the lives of our children, and what ways the negative impact of shyness can be reduced, minimized, and overcome through a variety of wise strategies and simple tactics. But we propose further that new efforts be directed at preventing shyness from taking hold of the child's life, some of which involve awareness of how parents, teachers, and institutions contribute to the problem and what they can do differently to create prosocial alternatives that make every child a winner. The response of earlier readers has been very enthusiastic, some even reporting "miracle" changes in their shy children, as can be witnessed in the ABC-TV prize-winning video, "The Pain of Shyness.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Alden on May 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a lucid, informative guide to shyness in children written by a distinguished scholar. Here, Philip Zimbardo provides a summary of scientific and clinical understanding of shyness, as well as practical strategies for helping your child to overcome his or her social fears. Parents, teachers, and clinicians will welcome the return of this classic volume.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Osofsky on May 31, 2000
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Professor Philip Zimbardo has done it again! His The Shy Child offers great ideas and insight into shyness and its origins. He analyzes the development and shyness and its effects on youth. It is a great tool for parents and anyone interested in discovering how shyness affets children. I can't imagine an easier to read book that is chock full of the details Zimbardo has placed in this one. I strongly encourage everyone to purchase this book and read it...you won't regret it.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Allen on July 8, 2003
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I read with interest the comments made by so-called "reviewers." I merely ordered the book in hopes of helping my sister-in-law to understand why her five-year-old granddaugter hides under the table rather than face or greet us when we visit. When she is finally coaxed by her grandparents to emerge, she exhibits inappropriate behavior -at least to us. I am searching for anything that may be helpful!
I am highly incensed by some of the reviewers' remarks. Perhaps they did not take the time to read the jacket cover before purchase. It appears to me that the hostile/negative comments directed at the author are highly indicative of why he/she has a shy child: when is the child allowed to speak; and what form should it take so as not to offend/inflame the parent? Perhaps these parents are searching for the wrong books, and should examine their own priorities!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Georgeson on June 3, 2013
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I read "The Shy Child" when it was published originally. At that time, I was in my mid-twenties. I couldn't function in public. I was an extremely shy child, and it wasn't going away. This was one of three books Dr. Zimbardo wrote, and I read each one. I understood my shyness, and I confronted it. No one believes I was once shy. Don't expect an overnight cure. But you can overcome shyness. I always wished I could have thanked Dr. Zimbardo personally for giving me my life.
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