Assert... what?

Assertiveness! It is the ability to speak up for ourselves in a way that is honest and respectful. It also means being able to stand up for your own or other people's rights in a calm and positive way, without being either aggressive or passively accepting "wrong".

Assertive individuals are able to get their point across without upsetting others or becoming upset themselves.

But... what exactly is "assertiveness"?

The concise Oxford Dictionary defines assertiveness as "forthright, positive, insistence on the recognition of one's rights".

In other words, it means standing up for your personal rights - expressing thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in direct, honest and appropriate ways.

It is also important to note that being assertive we should always respect the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs of other people.

Assertive behaviour includes:

  • Being open in expressing wishes, thoughts and feelings and encouraging others to do likewise.
  • Listening to the views of others and responding appropiately, wether in agreement with those views or not.
  • Accepting responsibilities and being able to delegate others.
  • Regularly expressing appreciation of others for what they have done or are doing.
  • Being able to admit to mistakes and apologize.
  • Maintaining self-control.
  • Behaving as an equal to others.

Do you think that you are assertive most of the time?



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