The Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense

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Barnes & Noble Publishing, 1980 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 310 pages
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Don't turn the other cheek and fume quietly; know what to say when someone throws out the snide backhanded "compliment," subtle insult, cruel criticism, or outright verbal blow. Inside these pages is an arsenal of tools for fending off that attack and neutralizing the harm spiteful words inflict. Learn to identify modes of verbal assault, such as laying blame, and to recognize when someone is about to launch a linguistic strike and the motivation behind it. Sample scripts prevent you from getting tongue-tied, and a progress journal helps you use voice and body language for maximum effect. Find out how to handle the eight most common types of verbal violence, and redirect and defuse potential verbal confrontations so skillfully that they rarely happen. Special suggestions are included for college students, men, and women, and for handling emergency situations such as an angry crowd.

  

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User Review  - Nancy Dyer - Goodreads

Clear and insightful reading for the communication toolbox in terms of personal relationships. Ready to read the Language Imperative next. Read full review

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User Review  - Peter N Roth - Goodreads

This book changed my LIFE! Rereading to freshen up in order to teach a course using Elgin's principles. Read full review

Contents

The Five Satir
7
Section A Attacks
27
Attacks
65
7
86
8
107
9
128
Section G Attacks
149
11
170
12
192
13
212
14
235
15
247
Special Chapter
266
17
278
18
295
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SUZETTE HADEN ELGIN, Ph.D., is the founder of the Ozark Center for Language Studies. Her bestselling Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense books include Genderspeak and You Can't Say That to Me!, both from Wiley. She and her family live near Huntsville, Arkansas.

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