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Product Details

  • Paperback: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Impact Publishers; 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 (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

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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"... sets the standard for self-help books..." "1.3 million copies in print! Totally updated ninth edition of the most-honored assertiveness manual. All new material on social intelligence, personal boundaries, brain research, handling criticism, assertiveness in email and social networks, expressing anger, overcoming social anxiety, being persistent, what to do when assertiveness doesn't work.

This is the guide most often recommended by therapists. "The assertiveness bible; helps the non-assertive speak up and the aggressive tone down." - USA TODAY "...filled with a wealth of examples on how to cope with everyday situations... counters feelings of futility." - THE LOS ANGELES TIMES "...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 "There are many practical guides to assertive living, but this is without question, the best." - Cyril Franks, Ph.D., Psychologist, Editor, CHILD AND FAMILY BEHAVIOR THERAPY "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

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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13 of 13 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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10 of 10 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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5 of 5 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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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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25 of 36 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Win on March 4, 2014
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The book was worthwhile but I think some of the reviews oversold it. If you haven't done any work on yourself it might change your life, however, most of the suggestions were somewhat elementary. I think it is useful as a reference tool but not sure that I will refere to it again now that I have read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Vaughn on January 19, 2013
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Your Perfect Right is an amazing guide to relationships--both intimate and otherwise. It is a great approach to living a healthy and respectful life.
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