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The Talk Book: The Intimate Science of Communicating in Close Relationships Hardcover – October 1, 1988


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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Pr; Highlighted edition (October 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878577912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878577910
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas R. Corwin on January 26, 2006
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This book is designed to help you improve your ability to interact with others through everyday conversations. The author identifies six "talk- tools":Disclosures,Reflections,Interpretations,Advisements, Questions, and Silences. He devotes a chapter to each tool, and follows with a chapter on how to improve your use of each one. The book has over 200 densely printed pages, complete with research references, extended samples of recorded conversations and much discussion of possible variations. The length and completeness of the book works against its usefulness as a practical guide, especially compared to Laurie Kuhn's wonderful book Instant Persuasion on the same subject. Although Kuhn's book is short and simple (e.g., regarding Advisement she simply says "Don't give unsolicited advice") compared to Goodman's treatise, it is much easier to remember and apply.
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