The Love-Shy Survival Guide

By Talmer Shockley

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"Shockley, a high-tech research technician diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, presents an intriguing work designed to help readers with great anxiety in starting a romantic relationship (what he calls 'love-shyness'). First defined in Brian G. Gilmartin's Shyness and Love: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment (1987), the label (not yet an official diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV) describes people who, because of psychological problems, cannot have romantic relationships.

"For these individuals, any romantic or prospective romantic situation induces such a high level of anxiety that almost any dating and sexual relationship proves impossible. Shockley summarizes relatively recent research on love-shyness, explains its link with Asperger's, and discusses how love-shyness differs from normal shyness. In addition, for both male and female sufferers of the syndrome, he provides candid advice on how to survive the jungle of relationships and make dating an enjoyable experience.... ."
--Dale Farris, Groves, TX (Library Journal)

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