caring about a situation, cause, one’s self, or a relationship enough to speak or take action when needed.
preserving one’s integrity, duty, connection, or worth.
well-intentioned words or actions for the benefit of truth, justice, fairness, safety, well-being, or connectedness.
exercising a human right to set and maintain boundaries, which are the basis of healthy, functional relationships.
a respectful exchange of words, ideas, or actions that leads to a productive outcome.
validating the feelings of all involved even when there is discord and disagreement.
using skillful communication to motivate others to listen and respond appropriately.
In short, assertiveness is a way of communicating that allows us to have authentic, connected relationships and a thoughtful, effective response to disagreement, discord, difficulty, and disregard.
Want to learn more about assertiveness? The Women’s Mini-Workshop on Assertiveness is this Thursday the 18th from 2:30-4pm at my office (203 Anderson Street, Portland) and costs $30. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to sign up.