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Do people take advantage of your niceness? Do you have trouble honestly communicating your feelings? If so, you may be an Earth Angel. In this groundbreaking book, Doreen Virtue teaches Earth Angels—extremely sweet people who care more about others’ happiness than their own—how to maintain their inner peace and loving nature while at the same time holding boundaries. You’ll discover how to overcome fears about saying no, and how to ask for what you want from those around you and from the universe. Assertiveness for Earth Angels is for anyone who wants to learn the art of speaking up in relationships and in their activism about issues related to the world. Whether you need more assertiveness with your family, on the job, or in your healing work, you’ll appreciate Doreen’s gentle-but-firm approach to negotiating your earthly needs in heavenly ways!
|Publisher:||Hay House Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Preface: Earth Angels and Conflict Phobia xiii
Introduction: What Does It Mean to Be "Assertive"? xxv
part I Assertiveness Basics
Chapter 1 It All Began with the Original Trauma 3
Chapter 2 How to Be Assertive 11
Chapter 3 No More Rescuing: Boundaries Without Guilt or Fear 27
Chapter 4 How to Be Nice and Loving, Without Being a Pushover 35
Chapter 5 Communication Skills for Earth Angels 41
Chapter 6 Getting Rid of Guilt and Worry 47
Chapter 7 Be Your Own Authority Figure 57
Part II Developing Assertiveness in Relationships
Chapter 8 Earth Angels and Relationships 71
Chapter 9 Toxic Relationships: How to Recognize and Handle Them 79
Chapter 10 People Aren't Fixer-Uppers 109
Chapter 11 Enjoy Life, Instead of People-Pleasing 115
Chapter 12 Karmic Relationships 125
Chapter 13 Parental Assertiveness with a Strong-Willed Child 131
Chapter 14 Assertiveness with Authority Figures 137
part III Being Assertive Out in the World
Chapter 15 Fitting in and Worthiness 143
Chapter 16 Peaceful Excitement Instead of Drama 147
Chapter 17 It's Safe for You to Be Powerful! 157
Part IV Life Tools and Guidance for Earth Angels
Chapter 18 Energy Work for Empaths 175
Chapter 19 How to Have More Time and Energy 183
Chapter 20 Angel Activists 191
About the Author 205
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was the first book I have ever read by Doreen Virtue, and as I read, each chapter seemed to be a reflection of myself. I strongly identified with her description of an "Earth Angel" (one who is highly sensitive, with an innocent outlook on life, and believes in God's loving power), and found that I seemed to fall into the many pitfalls that these Earth Angels suffer. I am too darn nice for my own good. With each page, I found myself thinking "Yep, that's me." or "Yep, I do that too!" I am a people-pleaser. I feel that I can't be happy unless everyone else around me is happy too, and when I can't make everyone happy - I get frustrated and feel like there is something wrong with me. This book was like a journey of self discovery, where I was recognizing all the unhealthy patterns I am prone to fall into. In each chapter, Doreen touches on subjects such as recognizing and handling toxic relationships, how to stop people-pleasing, how to be assertive with a strong-willed child, and be assertive with authority figures in a non-aggressive and more loving way. She also addresses on how important it is for us to love ourselves, and to take care of ourselves so we can have more time to do the things that are important for us. If you're too nice for your own good, and think it's time to take your power back and stand up for yourself and your feelings - I'd say give this book a read. :)
Doreen Virtue's Assertiveness for Earth Angels: How to Be Loving Instead of "Too Nice" is a useful and informative book that teaches the importance of being assertive. What I love about this book is that Virtue tells stories about her life, sharing an intimate look into her heart and her character. A quick read, you could easily fill a weekend reading it. Makes a great gift, especially around the holidays. Highly recommended!!!
I follow Doreen and have read many of her books but I found this book to be lacking in depth. The definition of earth angel is not made clear and many of the characteritics applied are those of codependents. She speaks more to feelings and behaviors rather than providing tools for dealing with them. I came away with more questions than answers.
A must read for anyone having troubles setting boundaries for ourselves and for others in our lives.