Many of us behave within the framework of the existing systems that shape us since our birth. There are few people who behave and communicate they way they really are or they really feel.
In many cases, life and people we come across expect a certain way of behavior from us. This is why, we try to obtain others’ approval by behaving in the expected way, leading us passive, aggressive or manipulative behavior. However, living in a way “that is not truly ourselves” has serious costs from a psychological and physical health perspective.
On the other hand, it is perfectly possible to behave like ourselves, that is doing whatever we want to do, we feel like doing and we think of doing and create positive relationships with people.
Assertive communication is a communication model that helps individuals display their natural behavior and build constructive relationships with others. It is also a tool to structure social relationships in professional and private life in the most effective way.
What is assertive behavior? Who is an assertive person?
Other ways of behaving
Our social environment, our roles and their impact to our behavior
Chalvin Assertivity Profiling: Which mode do I use often?
Critical points of the assertive behavior
Being “oneself” in communication and the cost of being oneself
Main characters in a communication setting
Assertive thinking and assertive expression
Giving “I” messages: Exercises on assertive communication
Criticizing assertively: Developing a constructive approach