The Connection Between Communication and Self-Esteem: A “Straight” Line?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 214–215. Reviews the book, Say it Straight: From Compulsions to Choices by Paula Englander-Golden and Virginia Satir (1990). This book comes straight out of Satir's tradition of combining self-esteem and communication patterns and connects it with the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Twelve-Step philosophy. It represents an attempt to combine concepts of the individually oriented disease model of AA with interactionally oriented concepts of communication and family therapy theory. The highly structured format of the book is consistent with teaching clear communication as well as the Twelve-Step philosophy. Each chapter defines important concepts, states personal goals, and lists suggested activities for the reader-participants that include experiential exercises such as guided imagery, sculpting, and role-plays called “movie-making”. At the end of each chapter, the “Story-telling” section applies the content area under discussion. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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