Assertiveness training: Practical assertiveness guide

assertiveness is like tightrope walking

I’ve covered assertiveness in two previous articles, but I felt like I haven’t given enough attention to assertiveness training. Many people know what assertiveness is, but when it comes to situations that call for assertive behavior, they get stuck and aren’t sure what may or may not work. If you’ve been a reader here, you …

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Enmeshment: Definition, causes, types, and effects


Enmeshment is a family pattern in which there are no psychological boundaries between the family members. Hence, the family members seem psychologically fused together or enmeshed. The enmeshed family members seem to have no separate identities. Instead, identify with each other and seem to live each other’s lives. The enmeshed family members are overly involved …

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Metacommunication: Definition, examples, and types

monkeys playfighting

Metacommunication can be defined as ‘communication about communication’.1 In its simplest form, the communication process involves a sender who sends a message to a receiver. Think of receiving communication as buying a new gadget. The store owner is the sender, the gadget is the message, and you’re the receiver. If the store owner simply hands …

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Assertiveness vs aggressiveness

being aggressive vs being assertive

When people are wronged, they commonly react in two ways. Either they react non-assertively and submissively, or they react aggressively and dominantly. Being non-assertive means you’re passive about your situation and don’t seek to remedy it in any way. Your desire to not offend others comes in the way of standing up for yourself. Aggressiveness, …

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Multiple Personality Disorder test (DES)

multiple personalities

This Multiple Personality Disorder test utilizes the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES), a questionnaire that measures your degree of dissociation. Multiple Personality Disorder (also called Dissociative Identity Disorder) is the extreme manifestation of dissociation and dissociative disorders. In dissociative disorders, people dissociate or break away from their core sense of self. For instance, in dissociative amnesia, …

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