Books

Books

A Woman In Your Own Right

Assertiveness is defined as the art of clear, honest and direct communication. An assertive approach builds self-esteem and strengthens our ability to make our own choices in life, by helping us to manage the anxiety and stress of communicating in difficult situations. Instead of being governed by the need to either please or blame others, assertiveness teaches us to take responsibility for our own feelings and behaviour. Read more…

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The Mirror Within

Sexuality is a very private and personal part of our lives but lack of self-esteem and a poor body image can still affect our sexual experience. Many women find themselves subject to contradictory demands and expectations, unable to say ‘no’ clearly or inhibited from being more fully self-expressive. Equality in sexual relationships is often constrained by our dependence on the other person’s approval. Read more…

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Difficult Conversations

As the title suggests, the focus of this book is on tackling those difficult conversations that all of us – men and women – face initiating at some time in our lives. How, for example, do you communicate your irritation about a partner’s persistent habit or a friend’s behaviour without it all ending in a row? How do you criticise a colleague or junior without generating all sorts of regrettable repercussions? Read more…

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A Voice For Now

As women have gained certain measures of equality with men, it is easy to assume that gender inequality is now an outdated concept. This book looks beyond the equal opportunities’ statistics to the ‘quality’ of equality. Why, for example, when women achieve positions high up the hierarchy in organisations does equality entail imitation and adoption of prevailing values instead of imaginative or innovative alternatives? Why do women continue to uphold the same models of power? Read more…

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Teaching Men To Be Feminist

My most recent book came about for several reasons. First, feminism seems to have lost its way: women are often reluctant to call themselves feminists, think it is outdated or are very unclear about what it means anymore. I think this is a pity because, in reality, the consequences of continuing gender inequality persist at many levels and in most parts of the world. Read more…

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Reconnecting With The Heart

The aim of this book is to help make sense of our emotions. A clear and simple guide to an often confusing topic, it clarifies common misunderstandings and anxieties about feelings: do they have to be negative or positive? Is anger dangerous? Is it better not to express what we are feeling so nobody gets hurt? How do I recognise what I am feeling at the time instead of a long time afterwards? Read more…

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