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Assertiveness is the ability to honestly express your feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes while respecting the other person’s wants, needs, and feelings as well. Few people have perfect communication skills that they implement 100% of the time, and many people could brush up on their assertiveness communication skills. Here are 9 helpful assertive communication examples to help you improve your ability to stand up for yourself and communicate effectively. What Qualifies As Assertive Communication? It’s important to have an understanding of exactly what is and what is not assertive communication. The qualifying criteria for assertive statements are twofold: You honestly express your thoughts and feelings, and You do so in a way that shows respect for the other person’s feelings, wants, or needs. Three of the other possible communication styles that you could opt for instead of assertiveness include passive statements and behavior, passive-aggressive communication,  and aggressive communication.  Passive communication is pretty self-explanatory. Passivity…

We’ve all heard the occasional story where a person defies the normal and uses his or her mind to overcome what we think of as physical limitations.  The mind can block physical (and emotional) pain.  It can give someone “super-human strength”.  It can regulate core body processes like temperature control.  Even though these stories don’t happen everyday, if we look closely, we can see what’s possible and train our minds to do what seems impossible. The Ability to Block Pain Some of the most interesting stories about the mind’s ability to block or regulate physical pain come from patients who chose to undergo surgery without anesthesia for one reason or another, and who managed their pain by using breathing or meditative techniques or hypnosis instead. BBC News told the story of Alama Kante who had surgery in France to remove a parathyroid tumor in his neck.  Instead of general anesthesia, she underwent the…