Assertive Communication (8 part series)

We wrote these articles to give you a quick course in assertiveness. Although assertiveness is very important but people have a hard time being assertive. We are here to help you with that. We will begin by covering the basic of assertiveness, and once the basics are covered, we will move on to advanced techniques and ideas.

Are you Assertive?

This is a test that we recommend you take in different moments of your life. Test yourself right now. The following statements describe some typical situations we all encounter more or less frequently. For each question, take a moment to think how well the description

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Sexual Assertiveness

Let’s start by saying that there is probably no harder time to be assertive than in any sort of sexual interaction. We won’t lie to you. Sexuality is still…

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Swimming with Sharks – Being Assertive at Workplace

Not that your coworkers cannot become your friends. Of course they do – some of them at least… But let’s face it – it may make it even harder to reject those files that are miraculously piling up on your desk once you begin spending Fridays after work with those who put them there.

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Assertive Techniques – The Art of Communication

Assertiveness is a life attitude, a philosophy, and a skill that enables us to esteem others and ourselves more. If we communicate with the use of assertive techniques, we are much closer to the ideal of being completely direct and respectful towards each other…

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Techniques of Assertive Communication – General Guidelines

Communication between two individuals is nothing if not an insanely intricate exchange. At first it sounds so simple, we all do it every day non-stop, whenever we’re among other people.

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Cognitive Reframing – Changing Maladaptive Thinking Patterns

Intrusive thoughts are inseparably joined with stress, anxiety, relationships problems, conflicts, dissatisfaction, and all sorts of negative consequences. These thoughts are the ones that appear in our minds automatically…

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How Being Assertive Helps Us Fight Cognitive Distortions?

In a nutshell – we are all born assertive; but our upbringing makes us forget our birth-given rights (and those of others), and teaches us to either submissively bow our heads to often rather unreasonable demands from others, or to carpet-bomb our way through life.

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Cognitive Distortions (A Fancy Term for Thinking Incorrectly)

Everybody thinks. And we are usually pretty convinced our thoughts are absolutely correct. Unfortunately, many (if not all) people with normal intelligence and without any psychological disorders do tend to think in a distorted way.

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Assertive Rights II (What We Should Know, But Often Need to Be Reminded Of)

In the previous article we wrote about five assertive rights of every individual. There are five more rights we invite you to deliberate upon, and ask…

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Assertive Rights I (What We Should Know, But Often Need to Be Reminded Of)

When we all really think about it, we are forced to admit that sometimes (if not regularly) we live our lives under the hegemony of our upbringing, the pressure of how we were taught to behave…

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