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Push Back: Assert Yourself in Relationships

By: Monica Johnson, The Great Courses
Narrated by: Monica Johnson
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Publisher's summary

As children, many of us aren’t taught the importance of assertiveness. Which means, as adults, we often become frustrated in interpersonal relationships because we don’t know how to express our needs, desires, or expectations. That frustration can lead to worst-case scenarios, like acting out in ways that don’t match our character, or even creating abusive dynamics in our relationships.

Holding boundaries and asserting yourself are crucial skills for maintaining healthy relationships and a sense of self-respect. In Push Back: Assert Yourself in Relationships, professional clinical psychologist Dr. Monica Johnson teaches you how to clearly define your limits, communicate those limits to others, and foster mutual respect and understanding in your everyday interactions. Over eight lectures, you’ll examine the social and psychological factors that make assertiveness so difficult; the pros and cons of passive, passive-aggressive, aggressive, and assertive communication styles; ways to structure your sentences when asking for what you want; the importance of context and nuance in interpersonal communication; and much more.

Dr. Johnson’s Audible Original is an insightful, empowering guidebook for anyone on the path to becoming a more assertive person. Over time, and with practice, you’ll find yourself more skillful at pushing back than you could ever have imagined.

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About the Creator and Performer

Dr. Monica Johnson is a clinical psychologist and owner of Kind Mind Psychology, a private practice in New York City and Charlotte, North Carolina, that specializes in evidence-based approaches to treating a wide range of mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders). Additionally, she has a focus on working with marginalized groups of people, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and alternative lifestyles, to manage minority stress. She is also dedicated to contributing to her field professionally through speaking, training, supervising, and writing. She routinely speaks at conferences, provides training and workshops at organizations, supervises mental health trainees, and coauthored a book for professionals on addressing race-based stress in therapy. She is the host of Savvy Psychologist, a mental health podcast. You can find her on Instagram @kindmindpsych.

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