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Confidence Books

In my experience, almost any problem – especially problems such as shyness, or lack of confidence –  can be overcome simply and easily, without excessive stress or hard work.  The only problem is finding the right way – the way that works for you.  In order to do this, you need to delve into what has worked for other people.  Below I’ve provided a list of books on confidence which I’ve found useful and inspiring – some of these books are about how to overcome shyness, others focs on ways to behave as you become more outgoing, and all will give you a shot in the arm – a short term boost in your confidence.

Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway

Feel the fear and do it anyway is a classic book about overcoming the fear which stops you taking action.  Its about honouring your body’s fight or flight response, but learning to reason with it. [Buy from Amazon]



Instant Confidence

D.J. Turned hypnotherapist Paul McKenna’s confidence boosting books combines techniques from NLP and a self hypnosis CD which combine to give your self confidence an upward shift. [Buy from Amazon]



The Confidence To Be Yourself

A series of lessons which explain what confidence is, and then provide exercises to help you gain confidence more practically. Especially useful given that a core message that being confident isn’t about becoming some other superperson, but rather about being who you really are – not who other people want you to be. [Buy from Amazon]


How To Win Friends And Influence People

You might think this book, written in the 1930s, is dated, but in fact, Carnegie gets to the heart of simple ways to behave which make you more socially capable.  You’ll find you’ve heard them all before, this is a hugely influential book, after all, but this packages the set of behaviours you need to take your confidence – and your results – up a level and puts them all in one place. [Buy from Amazon]


Overcoming Low Self-esteem

Deeply rooted in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) this book is about getting out of the cycles of thought and behaviour that leave you trapped with low self esteem.  Highly practical, and routed in the best practices of modern psychology it is yet another fantastic member of one of the best series of self help books on the market. [Buy from Amazon]


How To Feel Confident

Leil Lowndes is a superstar insofar as her books on increasing confidence and improved social interaction go.  Always providing tips, tricks and exercises which can give you the confidence boost you need to take on the world. [Buy from Amazon]