HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION
Communicating assertively means being true to yourself, enforcing your rights, while respecting the rights of other people.
The same is true of opinions. When you are assertive you express your point of view from your perspective, you listen and respect the opinions of other people, without trying to impose your beliefs and without staying silent.
A fundamental element of assertive communication is responsibility. You assume the consequences of your actions and mistakes, at the same time that you let people take responsibility for theirs.
If you cannot communicate what you think and what you feel, how could others understand you?
Feeling misunderstood is frustrating. But it does not have to do with the other, but with our own difficulty in opening ourselves, accepting ourselves and feeling confidence in ourselves.
Achieving it leads us to express ourselves without anger, frustration, or humiliation.
Learning to communicate assertively leads us towards well-being, towards better personal and work relationships
“Assertiveness is undoubtedly the backbone of effective communication and effective management of healthy relationships. When we handle a healthy style of assertive communication, it is easy for us to defend our own rights without affecting the rights of others.
Assertiveness is one of the most essential skills for personal and social development as it affects all areas of life. It is a communication skill that can be trained and that means much more than expressing our point of view. “.
The person who communicates assertively clearly expresses what they think, feel, or need, taking into account the rights, feelings and values of other people, assertive communication is a social skill of great value, which is associated with intelligence emotional and the ability to communicate harmoniously and effectively with others avoiding problems and fostering healthy relationships. Here are some principles for you to start working on being more assertive.
When there is a conflict in any work, family, social or relationship relationship, there is a belief that the best you can do is ignore it and walk away in the first place.
However, the best thing is to have that “uncomfortable” conversation that will allow you to make the right decisions, which can be: solve the conflict and continue in the relationship or in the same way solve the problem and end the relationship; as long as an assertive communication is maintained, that is, expressing opinions and evaluations, avoiding disqualifications, reproaches and confrontations.
Adults also have emotional overflows that cause us to act in a non-assertive way with our sons or daughters; but this has a background in which we must work ourselves to improve our family ties.
If it can be improved, it is a matter of doing it in a conscious, correct way, more assertive communication each time.
Assertive communication is the best strategy to publicize and defend our rights, express our opinion freely and clearly from self-respect and that of others. When this happens and we manage to do it, the positive impact on results and relationships is the best.
To have assertive communication it is necessary to study it and develop skills that allow you to exercise successful leadership in your personal and professional life.
The way we communicate shows a lot about our inner world, which is derived from the expression of mind, emotion and body in a coherent way.
When we don’t communicate assertively, we are disconnected, our attitudes can be negative, and communication is poorly understood.
Analyze yourself and be able to adapt your words and gestures to the circumstances to generate emotions that align with your proposed objectives and thus, develop assertive communication both for your work and for your personal life.
A coherent communication favors human relationships and therefore our well-being, assertive communication must be one of the strong and healthy characteristics, and according to studies, communication is a vital component in the bonds we create.
It is not only about speaking with the correct tone, your expressions and actions must also be consistent, in order to achieve assertive communication and positive relationships.
It is essential to maintain fluid communication in a relationship. Without communication there is no understanding.
Many times we do not speak out of fear of conflict and dispute and in the long run it can be much more damaging.
It is important to learn to communicate assertively with your partner.
It is a daily exercise that must be done.
- It produces a positive impact on your interpersonal relationships and makes them healthier.
- You will feel more secure and confident in yourself.
- Handle conflicts in a constructive way.
- You will be able to set healthy limits in all aspects of your life.
HOW TO PRACTICE IT?
- Take care of all your forms of non-verbal expression, so that they are congruent with your message.
- Be aware of your tone and volume of voice.
- Listen actively.
- Express your needs clearly and briefly.
- Base your communication on facts and actions and not on judgments and accusations.
- Don’t assume.
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS ARE REFLECTED WITH:
- ASSERTIVE COMMUNICATION: Communicate clearly and precisely your point of view.
- RESPECT: Always speak with respect towards the other person, adopting the value pertinent to it.
- CONFIDENCE: It manifests itself in small details such as being on time for appointments, remembering commitments, and keeping the promises we make.
- EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE: Recognize what the couple has done for us and share quality time.
- KINDNESS AND TOOLS OF CARE: A smile and a “Good morning,” say “good night”, ask for things with a “please”.
- BE A TEAM: Set common goals, share experiences, and solve problems together.
HOW I BEGIN TO BE AFFECTIVELY RESPONSIBLE:
- Express it clearly – Do not give the other person the power to manage my own emotions.
- Express my changes of opinion clearly – Communicate with empathy.
- Taking care of the other person, also taking care of myself – Establish agreements on important points for each one.
Healthy relationships with assertive communication is the way in which ideas, opinions, wishes, feelings or rights are expressed in an appropriate, clear, direct and honest and above all respectful way.
It influences the family, friendship, partner, professional field, etc. Assertiveness is the attitude that a person has when expressing their points of view in a clear and respectful way.
Their types of communication are: Aggressive, Assertive and Passive.
CREATED BY PSYCHOTHERAPIST DANIELA BATISTA.