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Assertiveness

 

Assertiveness Workshop - no current workshop date available, thank you for your interest.

In this workshop you will:

  • Find out about the difference between passive, aggressive and assertive behaviour
  • Learn the rules of assertion and the benefits of applying them
  • Evaluate your own difficulties explore alternative strategies

What is assertiveness?

Assertiveness is a skill that can be acquired and not a personality trait. It is a way of communicating and behaving with others that helps a person gain confidence and increases self-awareness.

Assertiveness is being able to stand up for yourself, communicating your feelings and opinions in a way that you can be heard and without letting other people always get their way. You can do this without being forceful, rude or losing your temper.

However confident we might be, there are times we find it difficult to deal with certain situations we encounter. For example:

  • Dealing with unhelpful shop assistants
  • Reacting to angry housemates or colleagues
  • Asking someone to return something they have borrowed
  • Communicating our feelings to our partner, family or friends

Although we may have learned to react passively or aggressively throughout our life, change is possible as we can unlearn patterns which no longer work for us and try new ways of being.