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Chapter 10: Boundary Setting Using Assertiveness Skills 4: Practice
Try practicing an assertive phrase that sets a boundary with an authority figure. This can be a challenging task, but you will feel so much more in control of your life when you can do it! Review “Dealing With Authority Figures” (see Session IX) and “Assertiveness Techniques” (see Session VIII) before you begin.[Page 153]
Our example will concern your imaginary attorney who almost never returns your phone calls and, when he or she does, acts annoyed and as if he or she were doing you a favor. You have mentioned your concern about this to your attorney a few times, but nothing has changed. Your goals are (a) to ...