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DBT: Practical Life Skills Reinforced through Music Therapy - Interpersonal Effectiveness

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The Interpersonal Effectiveness skills we will be studying below include formulas for asking for what you want in a way that you are more likely to get what you’re asking for, keep or even improve your relationship with the person you are asking, and keep your self respect.

When the objective is most important use DEAR MAN.

When the relationship is most important add GIVE:

Be gentle

Act Interested


Use an Easy Manner

When your self respect is on the line use FAST:

be Fair

do not Apologize

Stick to your values

be Truthful

see page 123-128 in the Skills Training Manual for Treating Borderline Personality Disorder.



**Now click here and post your intervention for an interpersonal effectiveness skill.

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