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Assertiveness Tips

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Assertive Communication

Some Everyday Assertiveness Tips Recognize that people are responsible for their own behavior. It is not helpful to blame other people when they choose not to do things that you need or want. You can assertively tell another person what you feel about a situation, but then it is the other person’s choice to go along with what you want …

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Communication Skills & Assertiveness

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Assertive Communication

Learning to be more assertive involves examining several dimensions of your life : Self-Esteem: How you define yourself, positively or negatively, depends on the messages you’ve heard from others throughout your life. We internalize the things we’ve heard about ourselves from other people, and this becomes the basis of our self-esteem, which can be either mostly positive or mostly negative. …

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Controlling Your Anger

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Anger

Controlling the Escalation of Anger When anger goes out of control the consequences can be devastating and irreparable. When people have a destructive angry episode, there is a series of steps involved in the escalation of the interaction. We should aim to stop the escalation before it spirals completely out of control. We can learn to break into this chain …

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Exploring Anger

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Anger

An Exercise for Exploring Anger Do this exercise once a day for a month or so. It only takes a few minutes. This exercise encourages you to explore your anger so that you can take a more contained approach toward it. Find a quiet time and place with no distractions (turn off the TV and background music). Close your eyes …

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Directing Anger Inward

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Anger

Many people have been made to feel ashamed for having anger. If our self-esteem has been damaged, we are ripe candidates for blaming ourselves when we are angry. Women may be particularly susceptible because of cultural expectations to be nice. We may learn to direct our anger inward, toward ourselves, rather than attributing it to a perceived threat in the …

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Effective Communication

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Communication skills

Communication is so important that it can make or break a relationship. It is critical to the success of a relationship and instantly reflects your self-esteem, for better or for worse. Assertive communication commands respect, projects confidence, and inspires influence. It is respectful, direct, honest, open, non-threatening and non-defensive. It is not demanding, aggressive, or manipulative. Communication is learned. With …

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Dealing With Procrastination

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Dealing With Procrastination

Few strategies for overcoming procrastination: • Identify fears and unrealistic expectations. Try to identify what is holding you back. If you can categorize the problem, the solution may become obvious. • Focus on rational self-talk. Write down all of your excuses and examine the distorted thinking behind each. Then, write down a realistic thought next to each excuse. • Try …

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Overcoming Procrastination

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Dealing With Procrastination

Do you usually avoid doing what needs to be done? Is your refrain “I’ll do it later”? Do you postpone tasks to the last moment? Most of us procrastinate at time. What can you do to keep procrastination from undermining your success at work, at school, in important areas of your life? What can you do to keep procrastination from …

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Cyber-Bullying

One of the most common issues presented by children and adolescents is cyber-bullying. Before the Internet, a spiteful rumor would be spread in school by students talking to each other. In general, the rumor would dwindle after a few days, the source of the gossip would be identified, and dealt with, even though it would leave a distressed teen in …

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Ovecoming Anxiety

Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge? Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities? Are you overwhelmed by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake? Do you avoid situations or activities because they cause you anxiety? Do you experience unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic? If you identify with several of the following signs …

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