How often has it happened that you were uncomfortable with the way someone spoke to or behaved with you? As if they were taking you for granted, not respecting you enough; and not paying heed to what you felt or thought was appropriate? Did you hide from the situation, stay quiet and let it pass? Or you stood up and spoke up?
Personal points of view are bound to exist in social interactions. Each one of us perceives, analyzes and interprets information from the outside world, uniquely. How we react to these, however, could enhance or diminish us. We feel positive when we assert our ideas, and crushed when our view is not accepted, or worse, belittled.
We hesitate about speaking up, because it could arouse a potential conflict, and hurt your relationship with others. But staying quiet plagues our minds and relationships, nonetheless. You may decide that it is better to go with the flow, but what if the “flow” makes you sad, anxious, annoyed or frustrated? You could begin to think negatively about the other person, or start thinking lesser of your own, condition yourself to be submissive; and become so insecure, that you begin to take yourself for granted even before others do.
Aggression is about being disrespectful and demoting the other, while passivity is about denigrating and depreciating yourself. At the same time, if you continuously allow someone to crush you, you could also build up resentment and bitterness. None of these are our goal. You have the power in you to uplift yourself without downgrading others. When you are assertive, you are able to stand up for yourself, speak for what you believe in, and feel in charge of your life. Contrary to what you think, it isn’t self-confidence that makes you speak up. It’s the reverse. Assertiveness deepens your confidence.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
How Well Do You Know Your Family?
They share the same surname as you. They live in the same house as you. They are your Parents. But beyond the fact that you know that they love you and are responsible for your well-being, and that they foot all the bills, how well do you really know them?
Luck favours - Brave Problem-solvers!
TIPS FOR LIFE
Airborne insights during the Pandemic
We are eagerly waiting for the Covid-19 episode to get over and return to normalcy. Or is this going to be the new normal? Coronavirus, in one way or the other, is entwined with the element of air. Now masked noses are the most common sights covering up some hidden airborne insights.
Dance drama tradition of Andhra
Stand Up, Speak Up!
STEPS PLAY SCHOOL
Changing the Way Parents Think of Preschools
He preferred to become a Teacher!
Teachers, you are precious to us!
Covid-19 or otherwise, whether schools remain closed yet for another year or remain open, all of us, especially the young students who have experienced the loving care and affection of their teachers for years together will always specially think of them on Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on September 5, set aside to express our gratitude for making them what we are today to a very great extent.