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Overview

The basic idea behind assertiveness is expressing your needs, wants, beliefs, and values in an open way that doesn’t violate the rights of other people. Imagine assertiveness as the steady balancing point on a spectrum of communication styles. On one far end of that spectrum is aggressiveness and on the opposite end is passiveness. https://www.mindfulnessmuse.com/dialectical-behavior-therapy/basic-assertiveness-skills-for-interpersonal-effectiveness Some people believe that assertiveness is the same as aggressiveness, but there are some very basic differences. Assertive communication demonstrates self-respect and self-confidence, in addition to awareness of and respect for others. It begins when you look at the world from the position that you are worthwhile and have rights AND that others are also worthwhile and have rights. https://caps.byu.edu/assertiveness accessed 6/17/20

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