Becoming an Assertive Person

To be assertive is to assert oneself. Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary defines this as, “to insist on one’s rights, or on being recognized.” To be assertive is to “own” what you need. This includes your emotions. An assertive individual places responsibility for that ownership on him/herself. This person communicates in such as way that people listen and are not offended, giving them the opportunity to respond in turn. To be assertive is to act, and react, in an appropriately honest manner that is direct, self-respecting, self-expressing, and straightforward. This type of behavior instills…

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