Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) teaches a range of skills for interpersonal relationships, emotion management, and more. One such skill is represented by the acronym “DEAR MAN.”
DEAR MAN teaches a strategy for effective communication. Using this skill, clients learn to express their needs and wants in a way that is respectful to themselves and others, increasing the likelihood of positive outcomes.
The DBT Skill: DEAR MAN worksheet teaches the DBT approach to assertive communication. The first page breaks down the acronym and provides a description of each step, plus an example. The second page provides a template and prompts for clients to practice DEAR MAN with a situation from their own life.
For a broader view of several DBT interpersonal effectiveness skills, see our overview of the subject:
1. Federici, A., Wisniewski, L., & Ben-Porath, D. (2012). Description of an intensive dialectical behavior therapy program for multidiagnostic clients with eating disorders. Journal of Counseling & Development, 90(3), 330-338.