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Attitude: Your Key to Success

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Michele M. Yanna; Ida M. Halasz
Date Published
104 pages
This workbook is designed to help corrections staff members gain control over their attitudes so they may better adapt and contribute to the complex work with offenders.
Mastery of the first chapter will enable students to describe why attitudes are so important in life, explain the sources of attitudes and how they are formed, define the parts of an attitude, and use a formula to calculate attitude and anticipated action. The second chapter addresses how to analyze attitude. This involves using the "Self-Image Inventory" to assess attitude and recognizing the energy that is exerted at work, at home, and in the student's personal life because of attitude. The third chapter explores five attitude-adjustment techniques for fine-tuning attitudes about self, happiness, dealing with change, accepting other people, and coping with guilt. Techniques are taught for replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Suggestions are offered for finding happiness and overcoming mild depression. Five strategies to maintain a positive attitude are presented in the fourth chapter. Included in the discussion are the importance of setting goals for the future while enjoying the moment. The student is also challenged to express his/her true feelings about life's ups and downs. The fifth chapter teaches a five-step process for dealing with other people who have negative attitudes or attitudes that are different from one's own. Ways to prevent another person's negative attitudes from undermining one's own positive attitudes are described. The concluding chapter guides the student in assessing his/her understanding of personal attitudes and how to use the "Attitude Action Planner" to gain control of one's attitude and life.