Firm self-esteem manifest itself with a feeling of self-confidence and empowerment, and provide the ability to move through life while overcoming life’s challenges, difficulties and setbacks. Assertiveness is the ability to confidently, yet non-aggressively, put forth what one needs and wants. It also includes the ability to enforce boundaries and draw clear lines where needed. Self-esteem, self-confidence and assertiveness are behaviors that are learned, yet require understanding and consistent practice to master.
People who have mastered the skill of assertiveness are significantly able to reduce the level of their anger and interpersonal conflict in their lives, thereby reducing a major source of anxiety, worry and stress. When assertive individuals face challenges, they focus on solutions rather than problems, thereby able to resolve conflict more effectively. Ultimately, assertive attitudes and behaviors are at the core of living healthy and happy life.
Building self esteem and building assertiveness is challenging, yet probably easier than you think. “Non-assertive” individuals normally do not desire to transform into being excessively dominant and they certainly generally don’t want to become bullies. What they aspire to is to become resilient and able to resist the pressure and dominance of excessively dominant people. Lack of assertiveness can affect your relationships and quality of life, as you fail to communicate effectively and probably end up not getting what you want. Family life, career prospects and stress levels can all be affected by non-assertive behavior.
Many psychotherapists and counselors utilize proven cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for assertiveness training and to gain positive results that you may find helpful. This is a model of therapy is very pragmatic and involves helping you overcome unhealthy patterns of thinking and behaving, including passive and aggressive behaviors. Assertiveness training can provide you the necessary skills to enjoy more fulfilling life.
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