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Try to Feel It My Way: New Help for Touch Dominant People and Those Who Care about Them
Synopses & Reviews
"The communications we transmit through touch constitute the most powerful means of establishing human relationships, the foundations of experience."—Ashley Montagu
Touch dominant people are those for whom the sense of touch is the sense that works the best—the one that helps them the most. Unfortunately, ours is a "Don't touch!" and "Keep your hands to yourself!" culture, in which people frequently react negatively to touch, and even to the language of touch. For touch dominant people this tends to mean a life filled with confusing interactions and mystifying rejections.
Now help is at hand from bestselling communications expert Suzette Haden Elgin. Dr. Elgin explains how to identify touch dominance in yourself and others. Using real-life scenarios dealing with a wide variety of typical problems—at home, in school, in the office—Elgin offers advice and easy-to-use techniques for improving communication, including specific problems related to intimate relationships.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-173) and index.
About the Author
Suzette Haden Elgin, Ph.D., is the founder of the Ozark Center for Language Studies. Her previous books include Genderspeak, You Can't Say That to Me, and The Gentle Art of Communicating with Kids (all published by Wiley). Dr. Elgin lives with her family near Huntsville, Arkansas.
Table of Contents
A Rough Row to Hoe.
Growing Up with Rough Edges—The Touch Dominant Child.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place—The Touch Dominant Adult.
Making Things Smoother for the Touch Dominant Child.
Making Things Smoother for the Touch Dominant Adult.
Making Things Smoother if You're Touch Dominant.
The Special Problems of Touch Dominance in the Intimate Relationship.
References and Bibliography.
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