Need help learning to say 'No'? These five books could help teach you the art of sticking up for yourself...
The author: Jacqui Marson (Piatkus, £12.99)Our reviewer: Liz Waters, 26, a medical student from London
'Far too many women feel an overwhelming desire to be liked above all else. This engaging read about the dangers of being too amenable claims there's nothing wrong with saying "no". In fact, it's downright healthy and being too nice is ultimately damaging as it often leads to resentment. It's perfect if you want to learn to stand up to the boss who's sucking you dry or return a faulty dress to a shop full of snooty staff.
'I loved the 'dare to disappoint' tip, where Jackie explains the difference between disappointing someone and actually letting them down. If someone asks you to an event and you'd rather not go, decline positively and explain your limitations. They might be disappointed but this is so much better - and healthier - than letting them down at the last minute, or going alone only to spend the night seething.
'Learning how to say no graciously is harder than it sounds; it takes time to adjust from a lifetime of saying yes, but this book is packed with advice and support to help you do it.'
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