- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (Nov. 1 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572242094
- ISBN-13: 978-1572242098
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 24.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships Paperback – Nov 1 2000
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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
About the Author
Randy J. Paterson, PhD , is director of Changeways Clinic, a private psychology practice in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He is author of The Assertiveness Workbook and Your Depression Map, and conducts training programs for professionals on evidence-based treatment. Through Changeways Clinic, Paterson presents lectures and workshops internationally on topics including mental health policy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the nature and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, and strategies for private practice management. He is the 2008 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association's Distinguished Practitioner Award. For more information on Paterson, his presentations and workshops, or Changeways Clinic, visit www.randypaterson.com . To view Paterson's blog on psychological and practice issues, please visitwww.psychologysalon.com .
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I 'did the work' and it has already paid off. Communication is something to work on in every encounter.
It is not easy work, but it is rewarding.
I do not have a partner for some of the exercises, but I did stand in front of the mirror!
I didn't realize how much my body language revealed.
I took written notes and find it easier to remember if I write stuff down, and it's easier to review the major points instead of flipping through sections you already read.
My first confrontation with my boss went better than before. I was not as anxious and felt calm after it was over. Usually I put myself down for saying too much, or being a doormat and saying nothing at all. I didn't feel superior, and wasn't overpowered by the aggressive boss. It was easy to see his communication style and just let it be his problem, and not make it my own.
Buy this book, do the exercises and then do it again. It's a lot to absorb, but worth it. Also, you'll need to do some actual work - the book provides some strategies, but it's up to YOU to implement them.
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