What is assertiveness?
Assertiveness skills allow you to express your opinions, feelings and wants in an open way without being passive and without violating the rights of others. These skills allow a person to stand up for their personal rights, accept compliments, say no and disagree calmly with others. The basic assumption is that each person is allowed to have different opinion and to express these. As opposed to being aggressive or passive, the ability to be assertiveness has major advantages, including preserving one’s self-esteem, increasing one’s chance of getting what one wants without alienating others, and preserving relationships at times of conflict.
How to be assertive?
A lack of assertiveness is often associated with anger, depression, and anxiety problems. Assertiveness skills can be learned through practice. There are several basic steps involved, as well as various others associated skills which can help you become more effective.