If you're like many women, from birth you were taught to be passive. While the boys were being rowdy, we were taught to be quiet. While men could argue, we were told to avoid conflict. Be nice. Speak softly. Don't make a fuss.
Now we're adults, and we've discovered that passivity allows people to take advantage of us in both our personal and professional relationships. In response, some women adopt an aggressive stance. Unfortunately, that doesn't usually work either.
If docility encourages disrespect and aggression makes us disrespectful, what choice is there? In Don't Act Like Prey!, author and women's self-empowerment consultant Susan L. Farrell offers a third option: respectful assertiveness.
Drawing on the natural world and her personal life for examples, Farrell reveals how assertiveness strikes a balance between the passivity that characterizes prey and the aggression that is the mark of a predator. It is in this balance we find a way to stand up for ourselves without harming others or damaging relationships.
Written in clear, straightforward language, Don't Act Like Prey! includes exercises to foster your growing sense of assertiveness. It's time to abandon passivity without embracing aggression. It's time for the empowerment that comes with assertiveness.
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About the Author
Susan L. Farrell has always loved learning. Her passion for education led her first to earn two bachelor of science degrees and years later drove her back to school to earn a master of business administration.
Farrell's career began at the facility level of a national health-care company. She rose through the ranks, quickly securing an executive directorship with national responsibilities. She held this position for several years before launching her own consulting company.
As a consultant, Farrell helped clients overcome challenges with customer service, cost control, and regulatory compliance. Consulting led to a speaking and writing career focused on women's self-empowerment.
Farrell shares her expertise through blogs, newsletters, and books. She is the author of Three Good Choices: Change It, Accept It, or Leave It and 52 Weeks of Wisdom.
Farrell, her husband, and their three cats live in rural Wisconsin.