Are you assertive? Aggressive? Are you even sure? Most people are familiar with the terms, but many can’t clearly articulate the differences between these two qualities. It’s important to understand the differences, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of both. Only then is it possible to make a wise decision about which best suits your … [Read more...] about Assertive or Aggressive: Which One Are You?
A toxic relationship can suck the life right out of you. Some people have a long history of getting themselves into toxic relationships and staying far too long. What exactly is a toxic relationship? Here’s one explanation from the book Toxic People (1995) by Dr. Lillian Glass: “Any relationship between people who don’t support each other, where there’s conflict and one … [Read more...] about 7 Common Warning Signs of a Toxic Relationship
Every relationship requires boundaries. What are boundaries? Personal boundaries set limits on how others can behave in your presence and interact with you. Certainly, your boundaries have been violated at some point in your life. Maybe a partner used language that was unacceptable toward you. Perhaps someone invaded your privacy by asking you a personal question you … [Read more...] about The Value of Healthy Boundaries in All of Your Relationships
There are 3 basic communication styles. If you’re passive, you find it difficult to express your feelings and needs. If you’re aggressive, you tend to put your own interests ahead of others. If you’re assertive, you know how to advocate for yourself while respecting those around you. As you might expect, the assertive style is likely to make you happier and more successful. … [Read more...] about The Secret to Being Assertive Without Being Aggressive