Asserting Yourself: A Practical Guide for Positive Change

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ASSERTING YOURSELF
A Practical Guide for Positive Change

UPDATED EDITION

SHARON ANTHONY BOWER

GORDON H. BOWER

PERSEUS BOOKS

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface to the Second Edition v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - How Assertive Are You Now? 4
  • 2 - Improving Your Self-Esteem 26
  • 3 - Coping with Stress 46
  • 4 - Small Steps: Beginning Assertive Exercises 64
  • Conclusion 86
  • 5 - DESC Scripting: A New Approach for Dealing with Conflicts 87
  • 6 - Sample Scripts for Standard Situations 106
  • Conclusion 122
  • 7 - Writing Your Own DESC Scripts 123
  • 8 - Downer Detours 143
  • 9 - Looking and Feeling Assertive 171
  • 10 - Hit-and-Run Downers 189
  • 11 - Developing Friendships 206
  • Conclusion 227
  • Appendix A Principles of Behavior Change 228
  • Appendix B Progressive Relaxation 231
  • Appendix C Rules of Contracting 238
  • Notes 240
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 243
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