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What Is Assertive Communication?

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Updated December 05, 2013

Definition:

Assertive communication is the straightforward and open expression of your needs, desires, thoughts and feelings. Assertive communication involves advocating for your own needs while still considering and respecting the needs of others.

Also Known As: assertiveness

Examples: Assertive communication involves the use of "I" statements, such as "I need some help preparing dinner for our guests this evening."

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