Don't Act Like Prey!
If you're like many women, from birth you were taught to be passive. While the boys were being rowdy, we were taught to be quiet. While men could argue, we were told to avoid conflict. Be nice. Speak softly. Don't make a fuss.

Now we're adults, and we've discovered that passivity allows people to take advantage of us in both our personal and professional relationships. In response, some women adopt an aggressive stance. Unfortunately, that doesn't usually work either.

If docility encourages disrespect and aggression makes us disrespectful, what choice is there? In "Don't Act Like Prey!", author and women's self-empowerment consultant Susan L. Farrell offers a third option: respectful assertiveness.

Drawing on the natural world and her personal life for examples, Farrell reveals how assertiveness strikes a balance between the passivity that characterizes prey and the aggression that is the mark of a predator. It is in this balance we find a way to stand up for ourselves without harming others or damaging relationships.

Written in clear, straightforward language, "Don't Act Like Prey!" includes exercises to foster your growing sense of assertiveness. It's time to abandon passivity without embracing aggression. It's time for the empowerment that comes with assertiveness.
There is a Special Bonus Chapter available. It includes additional aspects to being assertive. It is available as a free PDF file.
Don't Act Like Prey! (eBook)
"Don't Act Like Prey!" contains many tables to help the reader record and think about behaviors and actions that she might want to change. Since tables do not work so well in an ebook, the tables are available for download.
Comments from Readers
"This was a really interesting read. The theme of the book is about the differences between being passive, being aggressive, and being assertive in situations throughout your life. By understanding how you interact with different people it can help you understand how to react in a different manner and become more assertive." -- Jenn
"Thanks, Susan, for a great read on how to be more assertive, rather than aggressive and passive. Short, easy to read chapters make for a quick read. I'm a busy mom, so I read for 5-10 minutes at a time and could always pick up where I left off! I liked the examples given and the exercises we can do to improve our assertiveness!" -- Leanne S.
"Simple wisdom from basic concepts that too many of us don't use. If we lived in a world that comprehended the power of assertiveness and applied it to all human beings, we could have world peace." -- Vivian Probst
"I purchased your book "Don't Act Like Prey" when... I LOVE love LOVE this book' Again, Thank YOU for a wonderful book." -- KL
"'Don't Act Like Prey!' is a phenomenal and inspirational book that teaches women how to take leadership of their lives, their relationships with other people and their overall wellbeing. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in developing their personal growth and achieving their goals towards success."--Veronica Sotelo
"Your book is profound...! I like the exercises and continue to do them earnestly."--LL
"More than a book on leadership. It was revealing to learn more about my own professional and personal relationships. Great read."--Corinne Carter

"I think it was written just for me."--LN
"I had a great opportunity to apply your 'Don't Act Like Prey!' metaphor while coaching our 6th grade girls at the Wisconsin State Basketball Tournament. There were a couple of 'scared rabbit' moments exhibited by our girls that brought out the predator in the competition, but the 'prey' metaphor helped get their focus and confidence back. Thanks!"--Neil Ihde