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Information from your Patient Aligned Care TeamAssertive CommunicationWhat is Assertiveness?Assertiveness is communicating and expressing your thoughts, feelings, and opinions in away that makes your views and needs clearly understood by others, without putting downtheir thoughts, feelings, or opinions.Assertiveness is the ability to express our thoughts andfeelings openly in anHonest,Appropriate,Respectful andDirect way. It can be HARD todo, but it gets easier with practice. In assertive communication both individuals areconsidered to be equally important.The Basic Assertive Rights of Every Human Being include:Having dignity and self-respectSaying NO when justified without feeling guiltyExpressing your feelingsAsking for what you want directlyFeeling good about yourselfBeing able to change your mindNegotiating and reaching compromises when conflict existsBeing able to make mistakesCommon Barriers to AssertivenessSome people fear repercussions of acting assertively or may lack the skills to expressthemselves effectively. They may believe that theydon’t have the right tobeassertive.Communicating assertively will not guarantee the other person will change his or herbehavior and give you what you want, but it will help you establish limits and boundarieswith others.

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