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Success with the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense

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This book, the fourth in the famous "Gentle Art" series, continues and extends the revolutionary system of language behavior. It focuses specifically on the communications skills required of executives and professionals.
Paperback, 287 pages
Published June 1st 1989 by Prentice Hall
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May 24, 2010 rated it liked it
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287 pages. Donated 2010 May.

Hitting back at verbal abuse in typical business situations is likely to be as unrewarding - and dangerous - as boxing with a cactus. But with the communication strategies in this book, you can eliminate every form of verbal abuse from your life.

This book is the fourth in the famous "Gentle Art" series, written by distinguished linguist, businesswoman, and novelist Suzette Haden Elgin. In this volume, she extends her remarkable self-defense tactics against verbal abus
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Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
On oldie but goodie, this one languished on my shelf for years. Recent struggles with a verbally abusive person in my professional life drew me back to this book. It was very helpful. The Gentle Art system is a very simple and very effective method for recognizing, understanding, and avoiding verbal abuse. My two biggest takeaways are (1) don't take the bait and (2) if a speaker believes what he or she says, there is no lie to detect. The latter neatly draws the line between lies and delusions. ...more
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Suzette Haden Elgin was an American science fiction author. She founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and is considered an important figure in the field of science fiction constructed languages. Elgin was also a linguist; she published non-fiction, of which the best-known is the Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense series.

Born in 1936 in Missouri, Elgin attended the University of California
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