Are you always putting others before yourself? For many of us, it's hard to say no, but sometimes speaking up for ourselves is the right thing to do. ...
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It is possible to change how you communicate with others. You may have habitual ways of interacting, but like driving or playing the piano, communicating is a skill that can be practiced and learned.
We all smooth over the truth and bend in our standards from time to time in order to reduce conflict and make relationships work. But when pleasing others becomes a habit you may find yourself resentful, which ultimately damages your relationships.
Bullies often target kids who they believe will not stand up for themselves. The more a bully confirms that he can pick on his target unchecked, the more he will do it.
Although I might be called names regardless of my conduct, I get better results and earn more respect when I am diplomatically assertive.
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