February 21, 2010 5:22 PM Subscribe
Is there any way I can get more practice in being assertive?
posted by anonymous to human relations (14 answers total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
One of the things I'm trying to do this year is to be more assertive. I think I have a decent grasp of the theory and all, but I want more opportunities to do this in real life.
I'm trying to do it in situations that happen naturally, but my job is fairly isolated, except for occasional interactions with off-site supervisors (which are crucially important, and in which assertiveness is vital), and my off-hours activities only rarely involve disagreements. Those disagreements are rarely heated and even more rarely involve real stakes, so I don't think they're the best practice for situations that really matter.
I want to be able to practice assertiveness in real life. Are there any live, in-person activities where I can get this experience?
If location helps, I'm in Daly City, California, but I work in San Francisco (just north of here).
Also: My current health insurance is with Kaiser Permanente, and I saw they have an assertiveness training course at the medical center I go to (in SF). Does anyone know what that's like and if it could help me here?