Here are the eight skills this book will help you master:
1. Identify your thoughts and feelings: how to tap into your feelings, especially the negative ones 2. Evaluate your negative feelings, negative thoughts, and options: how to decide when to take action 3. Communicate better: how to be a more effective listener and speaker 4. Empathize with others to understand their behavior: how to appreciate a situation from someone else's point of view 5. Do problem-solving: how to define the problem, generate alternatives, and evaluate the outcomes 6. Practice assertion: how to get others to do what you want 7. Practice acceptance: how to back off without feeling like a failure 8. Emphasize the positive: how to build better relationships using a proven ratio of positive to negative interactions
Lifeskills shows how building better relationships is an essential part of preserving health--and offers eight clear steps anyone can use to make that happen.
Dr. Redford Williams
About Dr. Redford Williams
Virginia Williams, Ph.D., is a historian and author. Redford Williams, M.D., is director of The Behavioral Medical Research Center at Duke University and a professor of psychiatry and an associate professor of medicine. Their last collaboration was Anger Kills: Seventeen Strategies for Controlling the Hostility That Can Harm Your Health.
Praise for Lifeskills
"Lifeskills is a practical manual for physical well-being and healthy relationships through cultivating the basics of emotional intelligence."--Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"An enormously useful, informative, and empathic guide for refining our navigational skills as we negotiate the constantly changing and challenging terrain of life. A very valuable, multidimensional resource."--Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., coauthor, Everyday Blessings, and author, Wherever You Go, There You Are
Lifeskills by Virginia Williams, Ph.D., and Redford Williams, M.D.