ASSERTIVENESS

“ Apologizing does not always mean that you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value your relationship more than your ego. ”

© Pieter Harris. www.pieterharris.co.za

Become More Assertive

“I was raised to be ‘nice.’ Which is fine, I guess, except that ‘nice’ meant never saying what you wanted, never saying ‘no,’ and never having an opinion different from anyone else. I thought the only way to be assertive was to yell and get red in the face. It look a while to learn that I could be honest, be myself, and still be considered ‘nice”

Assertiveness means more than just being able to voice your complaints. It is a set of communication skills that allow you to express respect and care for yourself and others. It means being able to say what you want to say when it is time to say it, and feeling good on doing so. Whether you want to express affection or annoyance, assertiveness skills are useful.

What does it mean to be assertive?

Emotions are expressed and Problems are addressed and (hopefully) solved

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