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|RLA2||Apr 2 2012, 11:48 AM|
The consequencies of not coping adequatly with one's situation
will eventually lead one to seek relief or someone in the person's situation that is being negatively impacted will seek an intervention. The traditional, "medical model has been to
diagnosis the problem and prescribe a solution (intervention).
This may be by self-diagnosis, by the authority figure in the situation or by a professional helper. Such professional interventions have traditionally been psychopharmacological,
psychotherapeutic or a combination. Psychosocial skills training or coping skills training developed as an alternative approach to counseling and psychotherapy. This methodology
was incorporated into the Wellness Movement and other
self-help and mutual self-help group movements that emphasized social support. A parallel movement that has
been going on in the US is the growth of Yoga and various
martial arts programs that combine physical fitness training
with psychosocial and spiritual components of personal growth.
One of the more popular coping skills training programs has been Assertiveness Training. It is based on a similar rationale
as the Drama Triange Intervention. Analyses of human relations problems reveals that they are most often caused by
one or more persons in the situation habitually responding in a manner that is too aggressive, too passive or too passive-aggressive and not sufficiently assertive.
In order to respond assertively and maintain the relationship
a person must communicate genuine empathy and respect to
the Other and protect his or her own space. This usually involves stating clearing what your feelings and expectations
are in a manner that expresses a "rights-bearing" attitude.
The assertive person is able to take care of his or her self and reach out to others.
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