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Assertive Communication

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Communicating assertively is an essential skill for maintaining healthy self-esteem and strong relationships. This information handout describes the key properties and advantages of Assertive Communication.

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Description

Being able to communicate assertively is an essential skill for developing and maintaining healthy relationships and positive self-esteem. This Assertive Communication information sheet describes the qualities of assertive communication, and explores its differences from passive and aggressive communication. Some key assertive communication strategies are described.

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This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout – use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point – use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool – improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource – use as a learning tool during training

References

  • Duckworth, M. P. (2009). Assertiveness skills and the management of related factors in O’Donohue, W. T., Fisher, J. E., & Hayes, S. C. (Eds.). (2004). Cognitive behavior therapy: Applying empirically supported techniques in your practice. John Wiley & Sons.