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I used to think that friends are the ones who back you up in a fight are fun to hang out with (one on one). I was wrong. Respect is friendship. Respect in all areas of life. My boundaries were crossed many times when my "friends" disrespected me and put me down when girls were around. Or, when someone they wanted to impress were around. I was confused not understanding why, someone who was fun to hang out with alone, would be a nightmare in groups of people. It took me many years to learn what a friend was. If I had this book sooner, I would have an idea of how to deal with people who put me down or crossed the boundaries. I'd say this book is about relationships, but I would take it as far as to say all types of relationships could be put to the test, through this book. I recommend this book as an introduction on keeping the right people in your life.
The premise of the book is: "A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect." Chase Hill, the author, delivers in the book in giving the reader the freedom to love them self, decide what they personally want, and to prioritize their life while honoring those people in their lives. The power of "no" is explained. Healthy boundaries are defined. Reason for lack of boundaries and a suggested solution fill the book. A discussion of how fear leads to lack of boundaries and how to overcome fear was helpful. The author uses the power of kind words to express boundaries to others, with phrases to practice. An optimistic book that is well-researched, easy to follow and helps maintain relationships with others that do not cross boundaries. A way to make life sane and manageable.
This book will give you the tools to finally respect yourself. You'll be able to say "no" more confidently and set boundaries so that people stop taking advantage of your time, energy, or resources. The information is practical for any situation in which someone has been rude, unkind, or overstepped their bounds - either at work with difficult clients or family members who are always asking too much from you but never giving anything back! If I could go back in time, this would have helped me a lot when my kids were little because they can get very demanding and it's easy not to know how far is too far sometimes...
Wouldn't life feel better if we all respected each other?
I'm a clinician and would recommend this book to my clients any day. This book gets into all the different 'types' of boundaries; many of which most people wouldn't even consider. The section on 'emotional detox' was particularly helpful. This book is well-written and makes for a smooth, informative read!
So many important points in this book. Some quotes that will definitely go on the bathroom mirror or on the car dashboard to remind myself that fair boundaries are healthy, and it's okay to set them firmly. A great resource for those of us who stretch too thin trying to help those that don't reach a hand out in return.
Very useful and instructive with sample scripting to use in a variety of situations. Some of the info at the beginning is pretty basic, so if you're a seasoned "self-help" person, you may want to skip through the beginning chapters. This book really helped me navigate a difficult situation with a good friend. I'm thinking about boundaries much more now.
I'm already fully signed up to the theory that boundaries are important, and this book has confirmed it. Actually, if anything I tend to have slightly too rigid boundaries and Healthy Boundaries invites a deep look at that too. If you want respect in relationships you have to draw some lines
My mother used to tell me that you can count on one hand the number of true friends you'll have in a lifetime and now I understand. Very few people are true friends. Keeping real relationships is a learned experience if you're paying attention to those around you. Fair weather friends are there to have a good time with you, but when times get tough they are nowhere to be found. True friends are there when you're at your lowest point to listen and help with whatever you need. Most young people don't understand that but in the cycle of life they will learn just like I did. A good and truthful read.
As a clinician I found this book to be very informative and insightful. It is user friendly so it can be recommended to my clients. It got to the point quickly without excess filler which I appreciate in my books. I highly recommend this book if your looking to educate yourself or just to personally learn to set healthier boundaries.
This book could completely change the way you manage your life. Setting boundaries is critical to your mental health. The author doesn’t just tell you what needs to be done, but He also provides you with the exact language you can use when you have to tell someone “no” or if you are not going to tolerate another person’s behavior. I especially took lot away from the section on parents and how they cross boundaries with their children. I will now be more careful with how I communicate with my boys, and how I enter their space. There were a lot of things I wasn’t aware that I was doing until now. I also now have strategies that I can use to not allow others to cross my boundaries. More importantly I know exactly what to say to communicate what I want and don’t want thanks to this book.