WOMEN AT WORK: A Psychologist's Secrets to Getting Ahead in Business Ed. by Don Saco by Sylvia with Marguerite Howe Senter

WOMEN AT WORK: A Psychologist's Secrets to Getting Ahead in Business Ed. by Don Saco

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Behavior therapy convincingly applied to Managerial Woman-type insights. Proffered are practical tips for getting rid of the perfectionism, fear of risk, passivity, etc., that are the bane of women penetrating the male corporate world. Behavioral therapist Senter goes over the unproductive scripts--eliminating the ""irrational"" or inappropriate ""self-talk."" (Example: ""I don't know enough, so I won't do well"" becomes ""What I don't know I can learn."") She then proceeds, step-by-step, through the hierarchy of painful imagery, from the least frightening prospect to the most, until the subject is desensitized--and we can ask for a raise, assert our rights against sexual harassment, or whatever. Other techniques include the more simplistic thought-stopping (with the added twist of making a later appointment with yourself to go over the destructive thoughts one by one); assertiveness training (rather sketchy on this); and, of course, deep muscle relaxation. Self-tests and pep talks address underlying attitudes about, say, taking criticism (men supposedly learn from sports not to take it personally) and participating in teamwork. Neither the techniques nor the perspectives on women-in-business are new, but the wedding of the two may interest those who seek a hands-on approach to behavioral change in that arena.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1982
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan