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The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships
     

The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships

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by Randy J. Paterson
 

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The overassertive schoolyard bully often grows into an angry boss or violent spouse. The shy, unassertive youth may live forever as a pushover-timid, unconfident, and oblivious to the joy and dignity that every human deserves. What may come as a surprise is how much these two types of people have in common. Neither one is communicating effectively. Neither one is

Overview

The overassertive schoolyard bully often grows into an angry boss or violent spouse. The shy, unassertive youth may live forever as a pushover-timid, unconfident, and oblivious to the joy and dignity that every human deserves. What may come as a surprise is how much these two types of people have in common. Neither one is communicating effectively. Neither one is really satisfying his or her inner needs.

In friendly, non-judgmental language, The Assertiveness Workbook demonstrates how to get the most out of relationships-and life-by engaging in healthy, two-way expressions of needs and desires.

The first half of the workbook reveals the ways in which stress, expectations, and engrained beliefs challenge our ability to assert ourselves properly. The second half-"Becoming Assertive"-focuses on the actual skills needed to become assertive. Discussing nonverbal communication, providing and receiving feedback, saying "no," and making requests, it concludes with two chapters on that most difficult of subjects: Confrontation.

Used in training workshops and by practicing clinicians, The Assertiveness Workbook is more than just a manual. Photocopy-ready scorecards, exercises, worksheets, and self-assessments all contribute to the ultimate goal: Feeling comfortable with yourself and comfortable with assertive behavior.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567318272
Publisher:
MJF Books
Publication date:
03/02/2007
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Randy J Paterson, Ph.D., is adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and associate faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. A clinical psychologist and coordinator of Changeways, a depression-treatment program at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre in Vancouver, he has taught more than 100 training seminars on assertiveness training, depression, and stress management.

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Assertiveness Workbook 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed this workbook tremendously. It informs you of the differences between assertiveness and aggresiveness/passivity/passive-aggresivness. It then gives you practical tips on how to increase your assertiveness, all of which I found easy to incorporate into my hectic daily schedule. It changed the way I think about myself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased the Assertiveness Workbook by Randy Paterson for my team last year after our 360* Reviews to develop our communications skills in the department and with other departments. We worked together on one chapter every other week and sometimes met for our discussions over lunch. Our results were so successful that my recent purchase was for another department that wanted to mimic our success and for one of the girls in my department's mother. I recommend this book for any individual or group wanting to improve their communications skills. It helps people clearly identify the difference in passive, passive-agressive, and agressive behavior and how to improve communicating skills yourself and how to communicate to others aho may be using on of these communication techniques versus the more effective; assertiveness.
MimiPam More than 1 year ago
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.
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