PYOB Course

Book Cover with borderTake Control of Your Life So Others Don’t! ™

This course will liberate you! Pressing Your Own Buttons: Take Control of Your Life So Others Don’t!TM will help you gain a fuller understanding of yourself and others. What is more, you will be freer to act and to take control of all your relationships. By the time you finish this course you will be more like the person you want to be.

The behavior of others affects us. Whatever they say, do, or even how they look causes some kind of response in us. Usually our responses are positive. They enrich our communication and interpersonal relationships. They help us get along with others.

Unfortunately, sometimes our responses are not helpful. They interfere with our relationships. Sometimes what others say, do, or how they look causes us to tense up, try to avoid them, or even compel us to try to change them. When we do any of these things automatically—impulsively—they  control us!

Wouldn’t you want to feel free to act as you choose? Yet, like so many others, from time to time we avoid people that make us feel uncomfortable. We may feel tense around people who do or say things that we don’t like. Or, we get angry! Each time we do, we give over control of our lives over to those who “make” us feel uncomfortable in some way. In effect, we give them the power to shape our behaviors. Whenever we respond impulsively to what others say, do, or how they look, we lose out. We give them permission to manage us. Take control of your life so others don’t!™

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Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will:

  • Be able to explain the meaning of social stimuli.
  • Be able to identify which social stimuli are your most troublesome.
  • Understand the difference between observations, inferences, and evaluations as well as how important that understanding is to you personally.
  • Know how to effectively use the PICS 7 Steps to Personal Freedom™.
  • Be able to explain to others the difference between external and internal stimuli.
  • Be able to respond rationally to your own “button pressers”.”
  • Know how to “take control of your life so others don’t!™
  • Understand and know how to apply the PICS Seven Steps to Personal Freedom™.

*PICS = Perfecting Interpersonal Coping Skills 

Course Description

Pressing Your Own Buttons: Take Control of Your Life So Others Don’t!™consists of 9 lessons. Each lesson takes you one step closer to freedom to be all you choose to be. Lesson by lesson you will learn to master your interpersonal coping skills as you have never done before. By the time you complete all 9 lessons you will know how to “take control of your life so others don’t!”™ You will also be able to help others do the same. The skills in each lesson are easy-to-learn, practical, and liberating.

In this course you will learn:
  • How the behavior of others affects you.
  • How certain behaviors came to affect you the way they do.
  • How you learned to respond as you do.
  • How to change your feelings about other people’s behavior.
  • How to change your evaluations of those behaviors
  • How to reinterpret those social stimuli.
  • To be freer and more able to deal with others.
  • To understand “feelings” in a whole new way.
  • How to be more comfortable speaking in public
  • To manage your anger and better handle the anger in others.
  • To be more comfortable when you feel ignored.
  • Change your feelings about being ignored.
  • To be comfortable with the affection of others toward you and you toward them.
  • How to manage your sadness and the sadness of others.
  • To cool your “hot buttons” and take control of your relationship to others.
  • How to help others as this course will help you.

Whatever your pace, you can take any one or more of the lessons over and over again as often as you like.

Once you enroll in the course, you are automatically a site member for up to one year. Afterward, for a nominal annual fee, you may continue your membership. Depending upon your membership level you will have the benefit of the courses as well as participating in a variety of optional member benefits: forums, the PICS Newsletter™, participation in the weekly conference calls. Additional benefits will be announced from time to time, including free eBooks and access to free information about future events and workshops which may be of interest to you.

In the forums you can ask questions and share your experiences with others.


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Course Materials

  • Pressing Your Own Buttons Manual.
  • Programmed-Learning and Review Workbook.
  • Audio/Video resources.
  • Certificate of Completion.
Optional Components (depend on membership level)
  • Optional Members' forums.
  • Optional Weekly Conference calls.
  • Optional e-Mail Q & A.
NOTE: Whether you to take the full 9-lesson course or choose to learn entirely on your own without the course, you may purchase the course Manual (lesson notes), Programmed Workbook, and/or DVD of Gary Screaton Page presenting Pressing Your Own Buttons to participants at one of his seminars.

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