How to Keep People from Pushing Your Buttons

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Citadel Press, 2003 - Psychology - 208 pages
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We all know that life can get tough. Many companies are down-sizing and letting workers go, leaving those with jobs uneasy about their future. Many families are under the added stress of divorce or remarriage - and newly blended families seldom look like the Brady Bunch! On top of these pressures, technology is speeding up the pace of life, confronting each of us with hundreds of tasks that all seemingly need to get done today.
With all this stress, pressure, uncertainty, and worry, there are may things and many people out there who can potentially set you off, drive you crazy, or push your buttons.
This book provides specific, realistic ways to keep people and events from pushing your buttons. It does so without resorting to theoretical jargon, "new age" psychology, or positive-thinking quick fixes. You will find here a set of specific skills you can use to help you react more effectively in the face of potential button-pushers.
  

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User Review  - Nancy - Goodreads

The book offers sound advice for everyone in dealing with situations and people "...who push your buttons..." It advocates thinking about all sides of a situation before you respond. The exercises in the book were not that useful. Read full review

Review: How To Keep People From Pushing Your Buttons

User Review  - Goodreads

The book offers sound advice for everyone in dealing with situations and people "...who push your buttons..." It advocates thinking about all sides of a situation before you respond. The exercises in the book were not that useful. Read full review

Contents

Nutty Beliefs We Use to Let Others Push
27
A Powerful Alternative
45
Ten Nutty Beliefs That We Use to Let People
63
How to Keep People and Things From Pushing
107
The Ultimate ButtonPushers
123
The Penultimate Test
145
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Albert Ellis was a clinical psychologist and a marriage counselor. He was born on September 27, 1913 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ellis originated the rational-emotive therapy movement, which ignores Freudian theories and advocates the belief that emotions come from conscious thought "as well as internalized ideas of which the individual may be unaware." At first, Ellis' books on marital romance and sexuality were criticized by some as being radical and sensational; however, few realized that Ellis was merely laying the groundwork for modern sex education. Ellis was educated at the City College of New York Downtown and at Columbia University, where he received a Ph.D. in psychology in 1943. He taught for a number of years at Rutgers University, New Jersey, and the Union Graduate School. He was executive director of the Institute for Rational Living, Inc., in New York City. Ellis was the author of Sex and the Liberated Man, Sex Without Guilt, and Sex Without Guilt in the Twenty-First Century. Despite his health issues, Ellis never stopped working with the assistance of his wife, Australian psychologist Debbie Joffe Ellis. In April 2006, Ellis was hospitalized with pneumonia, and had to stay in either the hospital or the rehabilitation facility. He eventually returned to his home --- the top floor of the Albert Ellis Institute. He died there on July 24, 2007 in his wife's arms. Ellis had authored and co-authored more than 80 books and 1200 articles during his lifetime. He was 93 when he died.

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