For those of you who struggle with people pleaser syndrome, who are passive, depressed, are experiencing conflict with someone or are having anger issues, assertiveness training can be very beneficial.
When someone is unassertive, this involves violating their own rights by failing to express honest feelings, thoughts or beliefs.It also means that someone might try to express their thoughts and feelings but do it in a very apologetic, modest way and others just disregard them.
Unassertiveness has a lot to do with a lack of self-esteem or due to a threat to one’s self-esteem.
In order to understand what being assertive means, here is a list of some assertive rights. This list was compiled by Palmer & Dryden, (1995).
- The right to say ‘no’
- The right to consider my needs important
- The right to make mistakes
- The right to express my feelings in an appropriate manner without violating anybody else’s rights
- The right to take responsibility for my actions
- The right not to be understood
- The right to respect myself
- The right to be me
- The right to be assertive without feeling guilty
- The right to set my own priorities
Assertiveness training uses methods such as role-play, modelling and rehearsal before actually trying it out in real life situations.It is something that can be very helpful. Something that is important before the training is for the coach to make sure that the coachee doesn’t have any emotional blocks. If there are emotional blocks then these must be resolved first in coaching and then the coachee can move on to the training.
Love Athina ♥
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