How to Keep People from Pushing Your Buttons

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We all know that life can get tough. Many companies are down-sizing and letting workers go, leaving those with jobs uneasy about their future. Many families are under the added stress of divorce or remarriage - and newly blended families seldom look like the Brady Bunch! On top of these pressures, technology is speeding up the pace of life, confronting each of us with hundreds of tasks that all seemingly need to get done today. With all this stress, pressure, uncertainty, and worry, there are may things and many ...
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Overview

We all know that life can get tough. Many companies are down-sizing and letting workers go, leaving those with jobs uneasy about their future. Many families are under the added stress of divorce or remarriage - and newly blended families seldom look like the Brady Bunch! On top of these pressures, technology is speeding up the pace of life, confronting each of us with hundreds of tasks that all seemingly need to get done today. With all this stress, pressure, uncertainty, and worry, there are may things and many people out there who can potentially set you off, drive you crazy, or push your buttons. This book provides specific, realistic ways to keep people and events from pushing your buttons. It does so without resorting to theoretical jargon, "new age" psychology, or positive-thinking quick fixes. You will find here a set of specific skills you can use to help you react more effectively in the face of potential button-pushers.

Dr. Ellis, the founder of the Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy and the grandfather of cognitive behavior therapy, shows readers how to stop torturing themselves. How to Keep People from Pushing Your Buttons explains how to not only adjust, but learn how to get along well with obnoxious people.

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Denise Perry Donavin
Don't get mad or get even--get placid using these authors' techniques for defusing difficult situations. Ellis, the "grandfather of Cognitive Behavior Therapy," and Lange explain how to defuse your own anger, guilt, or depression, how to control your reactions when people persist in "pushing your buttons." The skills defined here can be used in work, home, or social situations. The chapters are filled with work sheets to help readers define the onset of inappropriate responses and practice alternative, healthier behaviors or responses. Factual, practical, and feasible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559722247
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 How We Let People and Things Push Our Buttons 3
2 Nutty Beliefs We Use to Let Others Push Our Buttons 27
3 Realistic Preferences: A Powerful Alternative to the Nutty Thinking We Do That Upsets Us 45
4 Ten Nutty Beliefs That We Use to Let People and Situations Needlessly Push Our Buttons 63
5 How to Change Your Irrational Thinking: Four Steps to Success 85
6 How to Keep People and Things From Pushing Your Buttons on the Job 107
7 Spouses: The Ultimate Button-Pushers 123
8 Parenting: The Penultimate Test 149
9 A Plethora of Button-Pushers 171
10 Go Get 'Em! 193
Suggested Further Reading and Listening 197
Index 203
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