needs in an open and honest way, while standing up for yourself and respecting others. Are your muscles or your stomach tight? Vaughan (1986) states that uncoupling begins with a secret, and Duck asserts that the secret of unhappiness is kept that way through the intrapsychic stage. Roger Reece conducts each workshop, and teaches the principles of interpersonal communication through a wealth of personal stories and illustrations. Hill,., Rubin,., Pepln,.A. New York: Academic Press.
To improve your assertiveness: Value yourself and your options. If youre checking your phone, planning what youre going to say next, or daydreaming youre almost certain to miss nonverbal cues in the conversation. As strange as it sounds, the left side of the brain contains the primary processing centers for both speech comprehension and emotions. We know this instinctively. Is your breath shallow? Skill 4: Assert yourself Direct, assertive expression makes for clear communication and can help boost your self-esteem and decision-making. You dont have to agree, or even like whats being said, but to communicate effectively and not make the other person defensive, its important to avoid sending negative signals.