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Getting in Touch with Your Inner Bitch Paperback – September 1, 2006
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I read this book on the way to my last job interview. And I got the job. Now, I'm not saying that I was successful by being a bitch, but being in touch with my needs and goals was certainly a help. This humorous look at why women don't get what they need and want uses cartoons by Nicole Hollander (Sylvia) to illustrate strategies for "getting over toxic niceness" and saying what you really mean. Perhaps the world would be a nicer place if we all stopped fretting over the "B" word. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Your Inner Bitch is that integral, powerful part of you that is going unrecognized.
--Have you ever said ?yes? when you meant ?no??
--Have you ever wanted to give someone a piece of your mind and eaten a piece of cake instead (or even the whole cake)?
--Have you ever apologized when it wasn't your fault?
If you?re nodding in agreement at this point, you may be suffering from Toxic Niceness, a condition that will only be stopped by getting in touch with your Inner Bitch, your own personal antidote to the torrent of absurd requests, ridiculous expectations and outrageous demands we all face every day.
Being in touch with your Inner Bitch means never having to say, ?I don?t know what came over me.? The Inner Bitch is the part of ourselves that is smart, confident, dignified, knows what she wants and does not settle for less. The Inner Bitch calls it as she sees it and isn't afraid to speak her mind.
Your Inner Bitch awaits you...
Elizabeth Hilts is a journalist, editor and writer. She lives with her husband, Neil (who knew all about her Inner Bitch when he married her), in Connecticut.
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This is an outstanding book about boundaries and the reason it is awesome is that it is also very funny... but also very wise.
I suggest anyone who has a good sense of humor but boundary issues... like telling people no... or even yes.... to get it.
A psychiatrist friend of mine bought 30 for his patients after I gave one to him. He said it was right on!!
I just bought it again because I lost my former copy and wanted one.... you never know when someone will come to you for advice about problems telling moochers no and problem relatives no and so forth... and you WILL laugh!
"Eventually, I manifested all the Niceness I could, bending over backwards to be agreeable, helpful, thoughtful, adoring, and adorable--in other words, a complete dormat." (loc. 128)
This is totally me. I hate conflict and I always try to do everything I can to make someone else happy, even if it means putting my feelings aside. The author in this book realized that she was suffering from toxic niceness, and it was when she was dealing with a man. She got stood up and she was mad, but then she started making up all these excuses to give him the benefit of the doubt. She just knew he must have been seeing another woman (he said "something came up"), but he was so cute and she really liked him so she forgave him. After all "no one likes a bitch. How could a nice girl like me stay angry? He asked me for another chance and I gave it to him." (loc 146).
I highlighted so many things in this book. It was so full of great information! The biggest thing is to learn to say "I don't think so". It's so easy to just agree with everything even if you don't want to. That way you avoid any hurt feelings. It's just easier to get along with everyone. This book is showing me that I don't have to get along with everyone. I have my whole life ahead of me and there is no reason why I should let any part of my life be unhappy. Now, the real trick will be putting this into practice!
I highly recommend this book!
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