What is assertiveness?

If you have problems expressing your own opinions and feelings or struggle to say no without feeling guilty it is possible that you have difficulty asserting yourself. Being assertive means that you can express yourself effectively and stand up for your point of view, while also respecting the rights and beliefs of others. Being assertive can help to boost your self esteem, reduce stress and improve your relationships with others.

What are the symptoms?

People who find it difficult to assert them do so for many reasons and symptoms can vary but this is a guide to some of the things you may experience:

  • Feeling low in mood
  • Have thoughts such as ‘No one likes me’ and ‘I must not disappoint people’
  • Never expressing your own opinions or feelings
  • You struggle to say no to people
  • You find it difficult to give or receive compliments
  • Spend more time alone
  • Avoid social situations
  • Worry that if you express your needs you will be perceived as selfish
  • Expect that if you stand up for yourself the other person will be angry or upset

What are the therapies that can help? 

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