The Two Sides of the Golden Rule: Living Assertively is Living Biblically

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WestBow Press, Mar 18, 2011 - Religion - 256 pages
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I believe that the Bible teaches assertiveness as the most mature, biblical way of living. In very simple terms, assertiveness is when we say, "Come sit with me. Let's talk about our relationship. What is working for us and what needs to change?" When we are assertive we do not run and hide from relationship difficulties, neither do we demand that things are done our way. Instead, we face the problems head on, and in a calm, but firm manner, we address the issues that need to be resolved.

When I have been privileged to help people become assertive, they have not only improved their interpersonal relationships, they have developed a healthier self-esteem, and for people with a faith in God, that relationship has also deepened.

Because I have seen such positive changes in the clients I have worked with, I have become passionate about the importance of being assertive. My own relationships have also improved when I have practiced assertiveness.

Before I worked as a counselor, I taught school for several years. Later, as a counselor, I wished that someone would design a course on assertiveness that could be used in the classroom. If children would learn the value of assertive behavior early in life, they would struggle less with relationships throughout their lives.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION PART I
15
The Importance of Assertiveness Chapter III
25
SelfEsteem and the Bible Chapter I
31
How Our Thought Life Affects Our SelfEsteem Chapter II
39
How Our Attitudes Affect Our SelfEsteem Chapter III
52
How Our Emotions Affect Our SelfEsteem Chapter IV
65
ASSERTIVENESS IMPROVES INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
85
Assertive Communication Skills Chapter II
97
Cautions in Relationships Chapter V
162
ASSERTIVENESS DEEPENS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD PART IV
177
Prayer and Bible Reading
195
Assertiveness Affects our Chapter III Speech
202
Roots of NonAssertive Living Chapter I
213
Biblical Examples of Assertive People Chapter II
221
The Rest of the Story Chapter III
233
Assertiveness Acrostic Chapter IV
242

Resolving Conflict Assertively Chapter III
109
Forgiveness and Assertiveness Chapter IV
135

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