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Assert Yourself

Gannett Health Services
110 Ho Plaza
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101

Tel: 607 255-5155
Fax: 607 255-0269

How you interact with others can be a source of major stress. By developing assertive communication skills, you can often reduce your stress by express your feelings and asserting your rights while respecting the feelings and rights of others. 

Assertive people communicate 

  • directly
  • openly
  • honestly . . . about their thoughts, feelings, opinions and needs.

The assertive style of communication decreases misunderstandings, resulting in fewer conflicts with others. Assertive communicators get their needs met (stressing less over unmet needs), and help others get their needs met, too. Having stronger, more supportive relationships virtually guarantees that, in a bind, they have people they can count on, which also helps with stress management, and can even lead to a healthier body.

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