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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

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Impact Publishers, Inc.; 9 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886230862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886230866
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fairbanks Reader 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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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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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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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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No need to tell much about this powerful toll to build self esteem and practice assertiveness.. I had it for menu years but found that someone "borrowed" it with my consent. Now it was time to introduce the concept to my 18-year-old and that was when I missed it. This purchase is for th fact that this is Anne of those books that you MUST have in order to revisit and refresh your stand in negotiating "Your Perfect Right" to be assertive and say no in a way that avoids confrontation/defensiveness on the other party.
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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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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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I first read this book around the mid-seventies. The book is an easy read that just makes sense. With practice, each year I become more assertive in all aspects of my life. I just bought three copies to give as gifts, to three very important young ladies. My hope is, that they find this book as helpful as I did.
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