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Will I ever fit in? : the breakthrough program for conquering adult dyssemia
Nowicki, Stephen.
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New York : Free Press, [2002]

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241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A guide to overcoming dyssemia provides a step-by-step approach that will teach how to recognize nonverbal communication problems, get along in groups and at work, and know when to back-off dead-end relationships.

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Stephen Nowicki, Jr., Ph.D., is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychotherapy at Emory University. Dr. Nowicki has served as their director of clinical training. In addition to his university teaching, he consults for public school programs and maintains an active clinical practice
Marshall Duke, Ph.D., is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Personality and Psychopathology and past chair of the Department of Psychology at Emory University. He has served as a consultant to public schools for nearly two decades and continues to be a practicing clinical psychologist

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Dyssemia isn't a recognized condition but a term coined by Nowicki and Duke, both psychology professors at Emory University, to describe the inability of certain people to understand and follow the unwritten rules of nonverbal communication. These are the folks who stand too close, talk too loudly, reek of perfume or body odor, or display facial expressions that are at variance with their words. Clearly, such folks could benefit from a program to help them overcome these difficulties, and the initial chapters of this book might help readers decide if they have this problem. That is, if they pick the book up in the first place the title, with its fabricated word, doesn't offer a clue about the subject. However, the remedial program isn't really a self-help program at all. Readers are instead instructed to find a "mentor" not a close relative or fellow employee to coach them. The authors don't explain why anyone would consent to spend large amounts of time with a relative stranger whose manner is off-putting. Not recommended; a better choice is Gordon Wainwright's Body Language (McGraw-Hill, 2000), which reviews the literature and presents awareness exercises. Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Are You Dyssemic?p. 25
Chapter 2 The Four Stages of Interpersonal Relationshipsp. 46
Chapter 3 Channels of Nonverbal Behavior: Rhythm, Time, and Spacep. 63
Chapter 4 Channels of Nonverbal Behavior: Faces and Voicesp. 94
Chapter 5 Channels of Nonverbal Behavior: Touch, Postures, Gestures, and Fashionp. 115
Chapter 6 Working with Your Coachp. 140
Chapter 7 The Remediation Tool Kitp. 175
Chapter 8 Developing Your Remediation Planp. 195
Appendicesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 235