The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships

The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships

The Assertiveness WorkbookAuthor: Randy J Paterson

Paperback: 200 pages

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (December 30, 2000)





Effective communication is a critical skill that influences your professional success, the stability of your family life, and your personal happiness. Your ability to communicate effectively is seriously hampered if you can’t assert yourself constructively.

If you’ve ever felt paralyzed by an imposing individual or strongly argued opposing point of view, you know that a lack of assertiveness can leave you feeling marginalized and powerless. The Assertiveness Workbook contains effective, cognitive behavioral techniques to help you become more assertive.

Learn how to set and maintain personal boundaries without becoming inaccessible. Become more genuine and open in relationships without fearing attack. Defend yourself when you are criticized or asked to submit to unreasonable requests.

This book has been awarded The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.


This book was very informative and helpful. The author gives exercises to practice and keeps the terminology easy to read. The exercises and examples give you inspiration without a lot of nonsense and over the top cheerleading. One great technique he discusses is is to minimize your communications, focus on communicating the bare assertive essentials.

In this book, he teaches you to contribute to those around you in a positive manner, respecting people for who they are and what they have to contribute while understanding everyone has their own opinions and not everyone will be receptive to yours. However, you can receive the respect of others when you speak up with respect regardless of whether or not they agree.

You will be amazed how you will become a better person at communicating when you integrate this material into your life. It really does works. If you feel that you are in need of some “tools” this is a great book to have on your bookshelf. I give it two thumbs up.


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