Do people push you around or are you unable to express yourself? Would you like to be able to express yourself without hurting someone’s feelings?

Do people push you around or are you unable to express yourself? Would you like to be able to express yourself without hurting someone’s feelings?

Do people push you around or are you unable to express yourself? Would you like to be able to express yourself without hurting someone’s feelings? If so, you need to be or become assertive! There is an abundant amount of information and tools available that teach people to stand up for themselves in a way not impose on another’s rights. I have gathered some of the information for you. Assertiveness has been around for a while and proven effective. A prime example of how assertiveness can be effective is the Women’s Right Movement (1848-1998). Many women grew increasingly displeased with the limitations society had placed on their activities. For the longest time, women were nothing more than sex objects, and had to stay home. Their sole purpose in life was to bare children, raise them and tend to matters of the home. As you can see today, women rights have changed immensely. They own their own businesses, serve in the military, serve as partners in large corporations, and are able to participate in most activities. Now, lets define assertiveness. Assertiveness is the ability to stand up for your opinions, feelings, preferences, and needs and express them in a way that is honest, open, and direct. It allows you to stand up for your rights without offending another person’s rights. Gorman (2003) defines assertiveness as the quiet purposeful expression of your thoughts, feelings and opinions without being aggressive or defensive and done in a manner and tone such as to indicate that you are not about to be manipulated, bullied or cajoled. Assertiveness allows a person to stand up for one self, to take initiative, and improve self-esteem. The University of Texas article reads four types of assertion. First, there is the Basic Assertion. This statement is direct and straightforward. It shows ownership when addressing someone like using the words “I want” or “I feel.” The second type of assertion is Empa…


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