We all have the right to express ourselves as long as we do it in a respectful way. Assertiveness is a communication style that helps us express ourselves in a direct, honest manner while respecting the rights and dignity of others. Assertive people ask for what they want; they speak up to express their needs and ideas. They speak calmly and diplomatically, carefully and directly, without offending reasonable people. Assertive people say ‘no’ when they need to, not allowing others to take advantage of or dismiss them.
Assertiveness training can help anyone who wishes to be more assertive, developing a more balanced outlook on life and using communication respectfully. This type of training can be an effective treatment in conjunction with counseling for conditions such as depression, anxiety, social anxiety, and mood disorders. Those who participate in assertiveness training can improve their interpersonal skills and their sense of self-respect.
You may be familiar with the three additional communication styles: passive, aggressive, and passive aggressive. Those who are passive can benefit from assertiveness training to find their voice and stand up for themselves! Aggressive communicators need assistance in being respectful and behaving appropriately in interactions. Those who are passive-aggressive can gain the same skills as passive and aggressive communicators.
What Can Assertiveness Training Help Me With?