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Be Assertive! Be your authentic self! Paperback – July 24, 2015
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About the Author
Dr. Sharon Galor has a PhD in clinical psychology and MA in clinical and health psychology. She is very passionate about helping people and has dedicated her life to the study, research and implementation of clinical psychology. Dr.Sharon Galor is avid psychologist and a researcher. Throughout the years she has worked with many clients. Her research was published in prominent peer reviewed journals. By researching the psychological problems, which she treats, she has enriched her insights, aptitudes and experience. Dr. Sharon Galor is results-focused, determined, practical and efficient individual, which is reflected in her direct, short term and no-nonsense therapy working method with her clients and in her book Be assertive! Be your authentic self! You will not find bells and whistles in her book that would bedazzle and distract you. Nor will you have to go through many pages to dig out a grain of gold. Her book is written in a simple, focused, straightforward and easy way, which will enable you to apply it directly in your life. Dr.Sharon Galor’s aspiration for this workbook is that it would reach anyone who truly wants and needs to become more assertive, as well as, to boost his /her self-esteem. She hopes her book will help you reach your goals, improve your mental health and live the life you want in the way that you want it.
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From the first page, the author makes clear that being assertive is "a manner in which you communicate your feelings, thoughts, beliefs, wishes, needs, desires and opinions while also being considerate of the rights of others. Assertiveness is about taking off the masks and daring to be authentic" (p.1)
Sharon Galor gently invites you to investigate your own assertiveness and work on becoming more authentic.
While reading through the pages you will experience many aha moments and get intrigued what makes you not say what you're really feeling or prefer fulfilling other people's needs rather than your own. You will discover very useful assertiveness techniques (chapter 3) and get the chance to assess yourself at the end of each chapter with the aid of reflection questions whereby you can immediately apply what you just learned: the way you talk and think, the way you perceive others and the way you think you're perceived by others etc..
This is not a dry and theoretical book on assertiveness. This book takes you on a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness and invites you to apply different techniques that the author and psychologist placed at the end of each chapter to make us reflect and work on aspects that are related to being assertive.
You get to explore on how to "respond and give criticism assertively" (chapter 4). Giving and receiving criticism in an assertive way helps to keep things in perspective and leaves us the chance to grow and become better.
In chapter 5 you will learn that "we have the right to not to justify ourselves to others" (p.86), and "learn how to say no in an assertive way". Somehow we should re-learn from our children how to say "no" and not take "no's" from others too personally. But even if we don't feel comfortable with this strict answer, there are many other strategies of how to say no (p.94 ssg).
We not always are open to receive compliments and react in different ways. In chapter 6 you will discover how to become better in giving and receiving compliments, without feeling awkward.
Everyone has experienced that what he or she worked towards or wanted to achieved is not fulfilled. Coping with disappointments (chapter 7), helps to build your resilience and growth and it boosts your self-esteem (chapter 8). You "become your own best friend" (chapter 9) because self-compassion truly has many benefits! Finally, in chapter 10, you will get the chance to improve your assertiveness right away, because "Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice" (Anton Chekhov) (p.165).
This is not a book that you read in one go and then put aside. You will get back and re-read, re-explore aspects of your own assertiveness – and of other people around you– on your way to become the authentic you, like the subtitle promises. I've read this book more than once and I still discover new aspects.
It is more a manual or an everyday guide written in a way that really captures your interest in the subject and challenges you to work on yourself to become a better you.
The only thing that I would have wished is a format that helps to rate, compare and maybe visualize in a clearer way my assertiveness while doing the exercices. – Maybe this could be provided as online downloads?
This book is a must-read for everyone who wants to become more assertive or help others embrace their authentic self. I really recommend it to individuals, coaches, counsellors, teachers and therapists.
The author, Dr. Sharon Galor, has a PhD in clinical psychology and MA in clinical and health psychology. I have the pleasure to know her personally and she really is as passionate, driven and assertive as her author-voice suggests in this book.
Dr Galor holds up the mirror and relentlessly pushes us to become aware of our thoughts, reactions and habits and forces us to re-think and re-formulate them in a more empowering way.
It is clear and concise, practical and hands on, with points of reflection, summaries and exercises.
With this book you will be able to measure and improve your self confidence, self assertion and self compassion and is a must for all those wanting to be heard in an authentic way.
Julie Kennedy, President WBII