Abnormal results

Unusual results may include becoming too aggres-t5 sive in setting boundaries, as if the individual is over's compensating. With appropriate training, role-play, and £ feedback, this response can be re-learned. Alternatively, I for very shy individuals, a heightened sense of anxiety $ may be experienced when using the techniques initially. íg The nervousness or anxiety is usually due to the individual's concern about others' reactions to their assertive responses. Over time, the anxiety will usually decrease.

See also Behavior modification; Gender issues in mental health

Resources books

Alberti, R., and M. Emmons. Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships. 8th edition. Atascadero, CA: Impact Publishers, Inc., 2001. Butler, Pamela E., Ph.D. Self-Assertion for Women. Second edition, revised. New York: HarperCollins, 1992. de Becker, Gavin. The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence. New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 1998. Shaevitz, Marjorie Hansen. The Confident Woman: Learn the

Rules of the Game. New York: Harmony Books, 1999. Smith, M. When I Say No, I Feel Guilty. Bantam, 1975.


Weinhardt, L. S., M. P. Carey, K. B. Carey, and R. N.

Verdecias. "Increasing assertiveness skills to reduce HIV risk among women living with a severe and persistent mental illness." Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology Vol. 66, no. 4 (Aug. 1998): 680-684.

Deanna Pledge, Ph.D.

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