Messages: The Communication Skills Book

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New Harbinger Publications, 1995 - Psychology - 310 pages
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Messages is the most complete and accessible guide for building communication skills available. And now it's even better. The current edition has chapters on influencing others, culture and gender, and interviewing. The chapter on listening now includes reciprocal listening for couples. Fair fighting has been rewritten to reflect recent research on anger management. Messages is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively. We highly recommended it for therapists who wish to provide a structured training program for their clients in specific communication skills.

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User Review  - CassandraT - LibraryThing

Great book. I continually refer back to it. I like that it starts with advice on being a good listener as part of being a communicator. The conflict management section is also very helpful, including the advice on giving whole messages. Read full review


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Matthew McKay,Patrick Fanning
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About the author (1995)

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. He has also penned two fiction novels, Us and The Wawona Hotel. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the Bay Area.

Davis is a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, California, where she does individual, couple, and group psychotherapy.

Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field and the founder of a men's support group in northern California. He has authored and coauthored eight self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, Couple Skills, and Mind and Emotions.

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