In Part One, Finding the Path, the nature of depression is discussed. Readers are invited to consider their own mood difficulties in terms of a) their symptoms, and b) the risk factors that seem to have been operating in their own case. This section concludes with a questionnaire designed to help the reader identify the areas to target most strongly with their coping strategies.
Part Two, The Journey, presents the strategies themselves. Each general area is broken down into a series of up to 13 specific strategies. Readers are encouraged not to try them all, but to prioritize based on the specifics of their own life and their own mood problem. Part Two concludes with a chapter on preventing relapse.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements Introduction: Being there
Part One: Understanding Assertiveness
Chapter 1. What is assertiveness?
Chapter 2. Overcoming the stress barrier
Chapter 3. Overcoming the social barrier
Chapter 4. Overcoming the belief barrier
Chapter 5. Reality check
Chapter 6. On the launchpad: Preparing for changePart Two: Becoming Assertive
Chapter 7. Becoming visible: Nonverbal behavior
Chapter 8. Being present: Giving your opinion
Chapter 9. Taking the good: Receiving positive feedback
Chapter 10. Giving helpful positive feedback
Chapter 11. Taking the valuable: Receiving negative feedback
Chapter 12. Constructive, not critical: Giving corrective feedback
Chapter 13. The assertive 'no'
Chapter 14. Making requests without controlling others
Chapter 15. Preparing for conflict
Chapter 16. Constructive confrontation
Postscript: Being you