Assert Yourself!

Many people struggle with having a healthy voice. We see 2 extremes... people who feel so guilty about asserting themselves that they become a door mat or people who are overly assertive that it becomes aggressive. Everyone should learn to have a healthy voice to express who they are, what they think, and what they need.

The key to someone having a "healthy" voice is that they don't hurt others in the process. This week we are going to share info about how to assert yourself in order to have a healthy voice in your relationships.

Being assertive is being respectful to yourself and others as you have a clear, confident, and direct voice with someone.

Being aggressive is a voice that is pushy, self-focused, and forceful to get what you want without much concern for the ripple affect in may have on others.

As you check back this week, you will see different tips from non-verbal communication to when and how be assert yourself. Check back tomorrow for more!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.