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About the Author

Sharon Anthony Bower is President of Confidence Training, Inc. She has led communication workshops for Apple, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and government agencies. Gordon H. Bower is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, having received his Ph.D. from Yale. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Updtd Da Capo PR ed. edition (October 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738209716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738209715
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 24, 2001
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This book is extremely useful. I can truly say that it has changed the quality of my relationships in a profound way. The authors teach you how to solve problems with people in relationships ranging from strangers to friends to family. I found answers to problem situations that had frustrated me for years. It taught me how to stand up for myself and ask people to change their undesirable behavior in a way that they are willing to cooperate with. (Most of the time). I am amazed at how well their techniques work. This is not about how to control people. It is about how to control your self. There is an alternative to fighting or giving in. If you want to have happier relationships with people and feel much better about yourself, buy this book.
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This is a very good book. Unlike other books in this category which dish out a lot of advice, this book gives practical step-by-step instructions that can be easily implemented in real life. The authors have used some innovative techniques from the fields of acting and theatre into assertiveness training. Reading and rereading this book often will definitely help everybody to improve their own lives as well as the lives of people whom they interact with.
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in many ways it's interchangeable with alot of other books on the topic of assertiveness out there. It's worth reading, certainly, I just wouldn't pay full price for it. The DESC model, and the quiz at the beginning to help the reader determine how assertive s/he currently is are great. The material on self esteem and stress were boring to me; I'd seen it before with other sources. Chapters 4 and 5 were the best; they got into the exercises/activities and the DESC model. The remaining chapters weren't as strong. The book started to drag at that point. That said, I do like that the author gave the reader alot of opportunity for practice; the exercises themselves are good. I just wish that there'd been more actual content and information. She could've done a supplemental workbook to include all the extra exercises.
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Asserting Yourself by Bower is an excellent book. I have recommended it to many people. I lost my old copy and bought it again for my library. It has Edmund Jacobson's progressive relaxation exercise in the back of the book - the best exercise of all.
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I am very impressed by this book. It definitely offers solid guidelines to those seriously wanting to communicate with others and get in control of their own lives.

The book not only explains about social interaction situations, including the various ways people, including ourselves, can act and react. It also shows how to act & respond productively in ways that give you good outcomes. It is a balanced & sensible book with lots of relevant information. Its clear setting out and comprehensive coverage definitely helps.

If you are currently very confused, unhappy and unassertive, this book is an excellent one for you. It will reach you where you are and start your escape from this unhappy way of being. It is still a good book for the more advanced interactor as it offers a great deal.
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This book takes a unique look at learning how to be assertive. It provides worksheets, forms, and scripts to practice and understand your assertiveness.
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Wonderful book. Came in great condition. It is a book that helps you to continue or start helping yourself, help yourself. Cool!
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By OMA on October 20, 2014
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I loved this bok... helped me a lot, I highly recommend!!!
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