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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(10), 763–764. Reviews the books, Assert Yourself! How To Be Your Own Person by Merna Dee Galassi and John P. Galassi (1977); and Listening as a Way of Becoming by Earl Koile (1977); and Achieving Competence and Fulfillment by Arthur G. Nikelly (1977). Group facilitators with whom I've talked questioned whether preplanned exercises such as presented in Assert Yourself have the impact of unique behavioral rehearsal developed from the immediate experiences that spontaneously arise through discussion by members of the group. From the title of Earl Koile's book, Listening as a Way of Becoming, one might expect a philosophical treatise framed in the ethereal language of some of today's esoteric humanists. Quite to the contrary, it instead reacquaints us with common sense in regard to listening and communication. Achieving Competence and Fulfillment is designed as a text for college courses in psychology of adjustment and intended primarily for nonpsychology majors. Nikelly's approach combines humanistic psychology and behavioral modification so that on the one hand he encourges the reader with Maslowian positivism and, on the other, reinforces action as a means of achieving personal goals. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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