In my assertiveness course, “How to Stand up for Yourself Without Standing on Others”, I show that of the five communication styles – assertive, aggressive, passive-aggressive, manipulative and submissive – the assertive style is the one we should be striving to use most of the time, because with this style you:
- Treat both yourself and others with respect and so gain respect in return
- Are more productive, because you waste less energy on anger, frustration and anxiety
- Are more effective, because you don’t have to resort to aggression, sarcasm or deviousness
- Will experience less depression, anxiety and stress, but greater self-esteem, self-acceptance and confidence.
This poster is an affirmation that you are being assertive. Use it as a reminder to keep on track.