Assertiveness and confidence

Feeling like this may mean that you keep your opinions to yourself, especially if those opinions aren’t the same as other people’s.

Sometimes this can lead to you doing things you might not want to do or not getting to make choices or decisions that you feel strongly about.

You can try and stop this from happening by becoming more assertive.

Assertiveness is standing up for your right to be treated fairly. It is expressing your opinions, needs, and feelings, without ignoring or hurting the opinions, needs, and feelings of others.

The best way to be assertive is by being open and honest with people, while listening to them and valuing what they have to say. You can use these skills to solve problems or come to compromises where two people do not agree about something.

Becoming more assertive does not mean that you always get what you want, but it can help you achieve a compromise.

Remember - you can change yourself but you can’t change other people.