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The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships Paperback – December 30, 2000
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“Assertiveness problems—including excessive unassertiveness, aggressiveness, and passive-aggressiveness—afflict millions of people, leading to suffering and undermining potentials for happy, fulfilling lives. In The Assertiveness Workbook, Dr. Randy J. Paterson combines science and clinical experience to create the definitive guide for overcoming assertiveness problems. Blending wisdom, wit, and compassions, this sophisticated yet highly readable volume shows people how to improve their assertiveness in a structured, step-by-step fashion. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to improve their assertiveness, and for therapists treating assertiveness problems.”
—Steven Taylor, Ph.D., R.Psych., Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, and Associate Editor of Behavior Research and Therapy
This workbook will be a welcome resource to individuals currently struggling with assertiveness difficulties. It will not only help people tackle assertiveness issues, but also target such important topics as need for control, conflict management, and even acceptance of compliments. In short, it holds the potential to effectively change your life.”
Brian Coz, Ph.D., C.Psych., Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, and author of more than 100 published research articles on anxiety disorders and depression
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I've learned that assertiveness is simply being yourself. It is contributing to those around you in a positive way. It is respecting people for who they are. It is respecting the differences in one another. It is becoming more aware of what is important to others. It is speaking with wisdom. We all want the approval of others, but we must understand not everyone will be receptive to what we say. However, we will receive the respect of others when we speak up regardless of whether or not they agree.
One great technique is to minimize your communications - focus on making your messages as slim as possible, only communicating the bare assertive essentials. With that, I close this review. This book is wonderful. I recommend it! Along with, Success Secrets of the Motivational Superstars there are many great tips out there to becoming more assertive.
You will be amazed how you you will become a different person when you intigrate this material, it works!
The workbook is written in a clear and user-friendly manner, offering sound insights and practical advice. As in any good workbook, experiential and written exercises are included to give the readers opportunities to practice their emerging assertiveness skills. The first part of the book lays out a conceptual framework and invites the reader to identify her own interactive style (unhelpful: passive, aggressive, passive-aggressive; and helpful: assertive), and then explores what makes it hard for us to move from unhelpful responses to interpersonal challenges towards the more helpful assertiveness style.
The remainder (and majority) of the book deals with the "how to" aspect of becoming more assertive. Author Paterson offers practical, specific advice and several helpful examples. Topics include how to effectively: use non-verbal communication to project non-threatening confidence, share differing opinions, receive and offer both negative and positive feedback, and make requests in a respectful manner. He acknowledges, though, that even people who are skillful with assertiveness sometimes need to face interpersonal conflict, and he devotes a few chapters near the end of the book to this topic.Read more ›
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It was a helpful read that helped me to realize that I was moving between aggressive, passive and passive aggressive modes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter Chang
Awesome book it breaks down everything and have great exercise to apply in your life daily.Published 5 months ago by jennifer stewart
Great!!! Basically a handbook on how to be an assertive self-respecting person. As someone who grew up in an unhealthy family Asian household without positive role models, this... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thi
Informative and I can pick what relates to my own situations, for practice.Published 7 months ago by NW Shopper