Gerald Goodman: The Talk Book

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The Talk Book

Gerald Goodman, Professor Emeritus, UCLA

This book presents Goodman's vision of the six most important "Talk Tools."  His chapters include lively transcripts of phone conversations showing exactly how the "Talk Tools" can help.  The principles discussed are applied in both work and family contexts. The book Includes a great reference section that will introduce you to the most interesting and promising work in the area of interpersonal communication studies.

This handbook, full of tools for better talking, has served families, romantic couples, counselors, consultants, talk-show hosts, screenwriters, sales-people, lovers, news anchors, therapists, teachers– just about anyone who has important conversations. This book’s success has created a demand for re-publication. The success comes from the method’s proven ability to sharpen talk skills and untangle messy communication. Its technique won the Innovations Award from The University of California, and covers the six primary tools everyone uses for connecting- in personal and work conversations: questions, self-disclosures, advice-giving, explanations, expressed empathy, and attention-managers. These familiar tools are natural to most people, so there’s little to memorize. New skills simply come from knowing how and when to use them. The technique brings strong understanding to a wide spectrum of interpersonal joys and sorrows over a lifespan.

About the Author

Gerald Goodman, American psychologist, has reshaped our understanding of moment- to- moment conversation. His set of “talking-tools” has influenced researchers and improved the communication skills countless people over the last twenty years. Goodman was a star student of Carl Rogers and Bruno Bettleheim -two of psychology’s giants. He earned a double Ph. D in Human Development, and Clinical Psychology at the University of Chicago, and studied seven years as Research Fellow at U.C. Berkeley. His method for simplifying the chaos of conversation won The Innovations Award from the entire University of California system. Goodman’s Talk Book remains the most respected guide for making close relations better. He is currently Professor Emeritus at UCLA.

   — Dr. Thomas Greening, International Editor, Journal of Humanistic Psychology:


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