Assertiveness is a component of communication, often taught in conjunction with social skills training, which is used to encourage healthy and honest communication with others. The use of assertiveness can be a helpful tool when engaging in couples and family systems, particularly when conflicts arise, because it provides each individual with skills to discuss points and perspectives while also maintaining value for others. This entry examines the components of assertiveness, the history of assertiveness in mental health theory, and skills associated with assertiveness training as well as assertiveness techniques.

Definition and Explanation

Assertiveness involves the honest articulation of wants, needs, and perspectives without hurting others or infringing on their rights. Verbal and nonverbal communication can assist individuals in being assertive. While words are typically used to ...

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