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Chapter 7: Boundary Setting using Assertiveness Skills 1: Myth and Reality
Assertiveness skills training teaches us how to set and enforce boundaries. These skills need to be taught or modeled and, once learned, can lead to a successful feeling of control and empowerment. The use of assertiveness skills helps reverse the cycle of abuse, frustration, and low self-esteem that occurs when one cannot claim rights or set boundaries (see Figure 7.1).
As we begin, it is essential to review “Your Bill of Rights” because assertiveness is the way to enforce them. These rights should belong to everyone, and assertiveness does not violate, but rather helps us respect the rights of others.[Page 114]