Assertiveness is a moderate way of influencing people and events, more engaged than avoidance, and less invasive than aggression.
In our approach to self-development, we can work passively (e.g. on self-acceptance), or actively (e.g. on self-assertion or self-promotion).
Even if gentle, we need to stand up for ourselves to be wise.
Despair, the loss of hope, is a transitional state on the way to acceptance. It shows that we have wishes and desires. As we age, that transition often becomes easier.
It’s not easy to stay peaceful under pressure. Here are four abilities we can cultivate to make it a little less hard.
Assertiveness is very much a question of a right relationship with the self.