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You Can't Say That to Me: Stopping the Pain of Verbal Abuse--An 8- Step Program
     

You Can't Say That to Me: Stopping the Pain of Verbal Abuse--An 8- Step Program

by Suzette Haden Elgin
 

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A simple-to-follow, 8-step program using the author's celebrated ``Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense'' techniques. Provides readers with a practical method for ending virtually all forms of verbal abuse at home, work, school and even in the streets. Contains a wealth of tips and basic practical advice that can be used immediately. Numerous exercises and activities

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A simple-to-follow, 8-step program using the author's celebrated ``Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense'' techniques. Provides readers with a practical method for ending virtually all forms of verbal abuse at home, work, school and even in the streets. Contains a wealth of tips and basic practical advice that can be used immediately. Numerous exercises and activities enable readers to test and practice techniques on their own.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Culling source material from her years of linguistic practice and training, Elgin (Genderspeak) offers an accessible, extremely pragmatic approach to verbal abuse. With many broad-minded and tactful suggestions for everyday use, this is an excellent resource. Through exercises and journal-writing, Elgin encourages reader to eradicate ``toxic'' language. She offers various tools like ``Miller's Law,'' which requires the listener to assume initially that whatever the speaker says is true-rather than the all-to-frequent assumption to the contrary. Elgin is objective, rehearsing the perspectives of both people in a possibly hostile exchange and reminding readers that everyone has the potential to be a verbal abuser, victim or witness. If there is a weakness, it is that while Elgin confronts the verbal abuser's tactics, her methods seem to emphasize placating abusers and rewarding them with the attention they crave. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471003953
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/02/1995
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

SUZETTE HADEN ELGIN, Ph.D., is an expert in applied psycholinguistics and the founder of the Ozark Center for Language Studies. She is the author of eight "Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense" titles, including Genderspeak: Men, Women, and the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense, also published by Wiley. She lives with her family near Huntsville, Arkansas.

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