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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Verbal Self-Defense Paperback – July 1, 1999
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That being said, I feel that the methods of dealing with verbal abuse and responding to it are lacking. There is very little in the way of assertiveness or active listening, essential skills in countering verbal abuse. I would recommend "Who's Listening Anyway" by John Lovitt as an excellent resource on listening, and "Asserting Yourself" by Bower and Bower for information on assertiveness.
To sum up, if you are looking for information about verbal abuse, this is a worthwhile read. If you are looking for effective ways to deal with it, go elsewhere.
There is a chapter in this book devoted to body language and this chapter alone is worth twice the price of the book (seriously).
You will learn the "THE SECRET TO HAVING A GOOD CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE" and "THE FOUR STEPS TO BEING A VERBAL BLACK BELT." These techniques are very GOOD. You will also learn how men and women communicate differently, how to overcome speech impediments, how to identify when someone is abusing you and not just "kidding around," how constant verbal abuse can KILL you (so you have to do something about it), and why verbal abusers lash out (the reasons why will shock you).
Most important of all, you will learn so many strategies and have many weapons up your sleeves (using verbal zingers to zap your opponent back for example) when it comes to dealing with toxic verbal abusers and you will know how to allow insults to roll off your shoulder.
The book is EXCELLENT because it is a product of the wonderful author's life's work in the field of psychology.
This is a a book everyone, I mean everyone
That said, this book is a fantastic text that belongs on everyone's shelves. It teaches you how to handle yourself in difficult situations, especially if someone else's behavior isn't just annoying, it's abusive. I wish I'd had this book years ago! No, it's not an all-inclusive or detailed book in every area, as some reviewers noted. However, if you're looking for a starting point, this is a fantastic one and you can research further from here once you devour her book.
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AI have red the book and I am qquite enthused with its material . recomendedPublished 24 months ago by Zach Liang
Not one bad word to say. The whole experience purchasing this book was great. The book is absolutely fantastic. One of the best I have ever encountered on this subject. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Cassy
I had been hoping to gain some insight and useful ways to deal with hostile, verbally or emotionally abusive type people. Read morePublished on July 21, 2010 by A reader
I am glad I didn't pay full price for this book. I know the basics; I was looking for more techniques and more indepth information.Published on April 12, 2010 by C. Moen
I love this book/ manual for living. Dr. Glass is the best at presentation of information in a way that is easy to learn and apply!Published on March 5, 2009 by Melissa Davis
Glass offers a thorough account of communication techniques by those who would use words and actions to attack another person. Read morePublished on December 20, 2008 by Julie Ann Wambach, Ph.D.