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Part III: Feelings: The Emotional Part o... > The Emotions of Assertiveness

Chapter 8. The Emotions of Assertiveness

Human beings are emotional creatures. All of us have feelings of some sort every waking moment. The emotional component of developing our assertiveness can be one of our most challenging undertakings. One reason for this is because most of us learn lessons about feelings that do not support assertiveness. A few of these lessons are reviewed in this section, and some new ideas are put forth to help you learn to use your emotions as you develop your assertiveness.

One lesson transmitted in our culture is that females are emotional and irrational, and males are unemotional and rational. A true statement? Not really; everyone is emotional. Boys and men often don’t learn about emotional honesty because they are taught early that they aren’t supposed to be emotional. Girls and women often learn exaggerated emotional responses to situations because they are expected to be emotional.


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