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Becoming more assertive

Being assertive is neither passive, which denies our own needs, nor aggressive, which denies the needs of others. It’s about being confident, decisive and open to compromise instead of avoiding difficult conversations or agreeing to things we’re not comfortable with.

Click on the image below to download the worksheet. Write down three situations in which you would like to improve your assertiveness. Consider any barriers, what you can do to overcome these, and any strengths you can use to help you be more assertive in the situations identified.

“I’ve been trying to improve my communication and listening skills with my loved one by taking the time to think about what message I want to get across and convey that in a calm manner that will allow for a discussion rather than an argument.”


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