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Assertive Communication Rights

You have the right to act in ways that promote your dignity and self-respect so long as others' rights are not violated in the process. By assertively expressing your beliefs and needs, you increase the chances of: control through decision making, greater self-esteem, more respect from others and enhancing relationships. Overly passive or aggressive communication styles can affect one's body, mind and friendships in negative ways.

Your Assertive Communication Rights are:

  • The right to be treated with respect.
  • The right to say no and not feel guilty.
  • The right to experience and express your feelings.
  • The right to take time to slow down and think.
  • The right to change your mind.
  • The right to ask for what you want.
  • The right to do less than you are humanly capable of doing.
  • The right to ask for information.
  • The right to make mistakes.
  • The right to feel good about yourself.
Jacubowski, P. and Lange, A. (1978) The Assertive Option: Your Rights and Responsibilities  


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