My Answer is No . . . If That's Okay with You
How Women Can Say No and (Still) Feel Good About It
On Sale: January 1, 2008
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- Are you afraid you'll hurt the people you care
about if you say NO to them?
- Can you set limits
when employees neglect their responsibilities? How about
with your boss?
- When friends ask you to do
something you don't want to do, do you invent an elaborate
- Do you have a hard time saying NO to an
invitation even when you're completely exhausted?
- Do you have trouble even practicing the sentence "No,
Mom, I just can't make it home this
If any of these scenarios sound
familiar, keep reading - you need this book...
No is a
very simple word -- two letters, one syllable. Yet many
women have a hard time saying it without feeling anxious or
guilty. In My Answer Is NO...If That's Okay with You,
award-winning psychiatrist and author Dr. Nanette Gartrell
takes a fresh look at why even the most powerful,
accomplished, and successful women find it difficult to say
no and offers a revolutionary approach to setting limits
without jeopardizing important relationships.
women are bombarded with messages like "put yourself first"
and "stop being a people-pleaser." But this sort of advice
is useless to women who value the caring and generosity that
prompt them to say yes in the first place. Through personal
interviews with a diverse group of talented women, including
CEOs, celebrities, physicians, and public officials, Dr.
Gartrell shows that women's reluctance to say no stems from
valuable traits that they should embrace, such as empathy,
sensitivity, and thoughtfulness. With humor and wisdom, Dr.
Gartrell reaffirms the psychological importance of
compassion and feeling connected, which can often lead a
woman to say yes rather than no in order to preserve a
relationship or spare someone's feelings. Through
entertaining anecdotes and insights from her years of
clinical practice, Dr. Gartrell teaches women to honor their
best instincts while still maintaining boundaries. My
Answer Is NO...If That's Okay with You offers creative,
practical ways to transform an automatic or reluctant yes
into a healthy, respectful no -- and still feel good about
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