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Editorial Reviews

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"The bible of assertive training..." -- Journal of Counseling & Development

"An interesting, readable, and practical manual..." -- Contemporary Psychology

"...long regarded as the A-T bible..." -- Human Behavior

"Alberti and Emmons help you determine when and how to assert yourself because when you are unable to act assertively, you have no choices and you become governed by others." -- Aging America newsletter

"...show[s] you when to be assertive and when to keep your mouth shut!" -- Phyllis Straughan, The West Orange Times, Florida

"The assertiveness bible: helps the non-assertive speak up and the aggressive, tone down." -- USA Today

"...without a peer in the field... truly a classic." -- Aaron Beck, M.D., Psychiatrist, Author, Love is Never Enough

"Not only is it the best book on assertiveness, it sets the standard for self-help books in general." -- Gary Emery, Ph.D., Psychologist, Author, Overcoming Depression

"Your Perfect Right is the gold standard... for self-help..." -- Allen Fay, M.D., Psychiatrist, Author, I Can if I Want To, Don t Believe it For a Minute, and PQR

"There are many practical guides to assertive living but this is without question, the best." -- Cyril M. Franks, Ph.D., Psychologist, Editor, Child and Family Behavior Therapy

"...filled with a wealth of examples on how to cope with everyday situations... counters feelings of futility." -- Los Angeles Times

"...5-star Highly Recommended rating in the national survey... Some mental health professionals call (it) 'the assertiveness bible,' they think so highly of it... this is an excellent self-help book." --The Authoritative Guide to Self-Help Books

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YOUR PERFECT RIGHT, now in its ninth edition with over 1.3 million copies in print, ranked 5th among all self-help books in a national survey of psychologists. This survey was reported in AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHOTHERAPY, PSYCHOLOGY TODAY AND THE NEW YORK TIMES. It ranked 12th among the "best self-help book" in a national survey reported in the AUTHORITATIVE GUIDE TO SELF-HELP BOOKS (1994). - This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Impact Publishers, Inc.; 9th edition (May 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886230854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886230859
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

The book is an easy read that just makes sense.
J Michael Dodson
It will benefit people who want to work with the book alone and learn assertiveness skills for their daily lives.
Bonnie Brody
I purchased this book after my physcologist recommended it.
D. Bawcum

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 22, 2009
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As a clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist, I have a lot of clients whose primary issue is that they want to be more assertive in their lives. They feel too passive and not in control of their destinies. They are the people who say 'yes' when they want to say 'no', agree to do something for someone else when they are already maxed out, go to a movie they don't want to see because they are afraid of suggesting a different movie that they'd prefer seeing, etc.

Of all the resources available for developing assertiveness skills, 'Your Perfect Right' is the best one I have used. I have utilized it in individual therapy and in groups. I've used it with very high functioning people and with people who have chronic mental illness. It is helpful and pragmatic for every aspect of the population.

It will benefit people who want to work with the book alone and learn assertiveness skills for their daily lives. However, for people who feel that their passivity has already crated more problems than they feel they can contend with, I recommend that they contact a therapist and use this book in conjunction with therapy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Viper on April 26, 2009
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While reading this book, I became more aware of myself. Not only my attitude, behavior, just my over all thinking. What I thought and felt about situations, I looked at them in a different light. I am a person that used anger to be assertive, now I am able to re-evalute things and look at them before exploding. Now I handle situations very calmly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Weene on February 8, 2012
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As a therapist I have used this book and its predecessor many times to help marriage counseling clients understand how to better communicate. I have also used it as an optional self-help text in psych classes and with individual clients who have had problems dealing authentically with the world. It is an excellent aid for one and all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ferro on October 4, 2013
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This book seems banal at first, with its obvious advice " what you say must take into consideration to whom you are saying it" and so on. It also seems to lack focus- meandering between a pickn'mix of unrelated topics from sex to performing in interviews. At times it seems very american-centric, with for example its hilarious "Have a snort" cocaine scenario- replete with perfectly polite drug addicts.

But it grows on you. it makes a useful and clear definition of what being assertive- as opposed to aggressive- actually means. There are some valuable psychological insights as to why people are and aren't assertive. What comes clear is that opinions and feelings are special and important; you have a right to them and you should top some extent trust the force of them. The courage of your convictions.

Living in Asia, this reminded me of just how confrontational and agressive western culture has become. There has been an obsession with "self-esteem" that has spawned a very self-absorbed and alienated society.

This book is not for those who want to dominate others, however, but for those who want better and more fulfilling relationships - of all types- with the other people in your life.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rydia on October 28, 2010
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This book is supposed to be about assertiveness, but there is very little helpful information for the unassertive wimps among us. Instead the book concentrates on telling us to "be nice". We are already too nice or we wouldn't need these books. A much better book is "When I Say No I Feel Guilty". It gives you some useful tools to stop people from walking on you.
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Assertiveness means a lot in life, and can be the line between happiness and misery for many people. Now in its ninth edition, "Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality In Your Life and Relationships" gives advice to readers that can help them improve their attitude and personality, and indirectly help them deal with life's many challenges. A seminal guide to those who have let themselves be trod upon for too long, "Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality In Your Life and Relationships" is a must have for community library collections dedicated to self-help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Bawcum on November 30, 2013
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I purchased this book after my physcologist recommended it. It is a great book for anyone lacking assertiveness in your family or in the workplace. Gives suggestions on how to be assertive in a positive way without being mean, or as I was doing, feeling guilty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMS on July 22, 2014
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Best book on assertiveness out there. I used it in a college class in the 80's and continue to give it to clients today. I think I have read every book out there and these guys get it.
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