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Assertiveness training is a form of therapy that has been used since the 1970s to help people learn how to better communicate their needs and wants so that they don’t feel taken advantage of or used. Assertiveness training can be very helpful to people who learned to be passive or passive aggressive due to the circumstances that they grew up in.
Assertiveness training was originally developed as an offshoot of the women’s movement of the 1970s and it was designed to help women learn to stand up for themselves in situations where typically they hadn’t in the past like in the workplace or in higher education settings.
Today both women and men who are shy, or never learned how to appropriately and respectfully set boundaries and prioritize their own needs go through assertiveness training to learn better ways to communicate in all facets of their lives including personal relationships, work relationships, and educational relationships.
There is a big difference between assertive behavior and an assertive personality. Assertive behavior that is also respectful while still allowing a person to make their own needs and wants known is healthy.
An assertive personality means that someone is prone to a communication style that can be overbearing or sometimes even bullying. Assertive behavior can be respectful of the needs and wants of others.
Assertive communication is a healthy way for a person that has trouble standing up for themselves to communicate with others without allowing others to control or manipulate them.
Assertiveness training teaches more than just how to be assertive. Assertiveness training teaches people how to handle tense situations without being confrontational but also without giving up their personal autonomy.
When people know that their needs matter and that they have the right to prioritize their own needs they can listen to others and communicate clearly and openly without being combative but also without letting themselves be manipulated.
Assertiveness training encourages people to speak up for themselves and make their feelings known.
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