“I speak up for my needs.”
What is Assertiveness?
Assertiveness refers to people’s ability to stand up for themselves, speak up, and communicate their needs. Assertiveness involves being firm, but not hostile and clearly using statements that represent our point of view without putting others down.
Why is it important to have this skill?
When we are assertive, other people know our boundaries. We ensure that the people in our lives know when they have crossed the line and how we expect them to behave. This skill helps people build healthier relationships that are based on mutual respect, trust, and honesty. Although assertiveness can sometimes be uncomfortable, we prevent our relationships from becoming unfair or unequal and make sure that our needs are met.
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