Assertiveness: Can you say no?

Have you ever been told to do something you really didn’t want to do, but you just couldn’t say no?

Being assertive has been my Everest. So much so that I even joined a six week course, took a self reflection test at the beginning and end, and came out of it even less assertive than going in.

But it was only when I had to deal with difficult health issues that it really kicked in because suddenly I was aware I needed those boundaries to be able to function. So why is it so challenging to say no to people?

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Travel editor Siobhan Warwicker

Jennie Miller, psychotherapist and author of Boundaries

Here are some of the resources from the show:

James Altucher at a TED Talk in San Diego, 2015:

Marcus Weaver, from Weav Told Me talks about assertiveness:

Books looked at this week:

Damon Zahariades: The Art Of Saying NO: How To Stand Your Ground, Reclaim Your Time And Energy, And Refuse To Be Taken For Granted (Without Feeling Guilty!)

Jennie Miller and Victoria Lambert: Boundaries: How to Draw the Line in Your Head, Heart and Home

James and Claudia Azula Altucher: The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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