Affirm and Assert Yourself

ASSERTION

  • Clearly and nonjudgmentally stating what you feel, need, or want
  • You are no less important or valuable than someone else and should make your own feelings known while still confirming those of your friend or partner

Aggressive vs Assertive

We’re going to spend time together VS  I’d like to create more time for us

Tell me what you’re feeling, NOW! VS  I would like to understand more of how you feel

I don’t care what you want; I’m not going to a movie  VS  I’m really not up for a movie tonight.  How about we do something special tomorrow?

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