Assertiveness is the ability to express our thoughts, feelings, opinions, beliefs and needs directly, openly, honestly and appropriately, while not violating the personal rights of others. It means that we have respect both for ourselves and for others. We are consciously working toward a “win-win” solution to problems. A win-win solution means that we are trying to make sure that both parties end up with their needs met to the degree possible. An assertive effectively influences, listens, and negotiates so that others choose to cooperate willingly.
Being assertive means that you express yourself effectively and stand up for your point of view, while also respecting the rights and beliefs of others. Being assertive can also help boost your self-esteem and earn others’ respect. This can help with stress management, especially if you tend to take on too many responsibilities because you have a hard time saying no. Some people seem to be naturally assertive. But if you’re not one of them, you can learn to be more assertive.
The most appropriate behavior that everyone looks for these days is the assertive behavior. This module aims at developing assertive behavior in children so that they can assert themselves and can stand up for their rights.