Fall semester topics

Being assertive in a diverse world

What is Assertiveness?

Assertiveness is the ability to express yourself openly and honestly while also reflecting a genuine concern for others. It is about having the confidence to be yourself, to be true to your values and beliefs, and to be courageous enough to speak up when needed. Acting assertively can increase your chances for honest relationships, help you to feel better about yourself, and give you a sense of control in everyday situations. However, asserting yourself will not necessarily guarantee you happiness or fair treatment by others. Just because you assert yourself does not mean you will always get what you want. Nonetheless, by developing an ability to express yourself, you may be able to reduce your stress, increase your feelings of self-worth, improve your decision-making abilities, and feel more self-confident in relationships. Sorce info


  • Experiencing and expressing emotions
  • Books recommended

    Randy J. Paterson: The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships, 2000. Janet Geringer Woititz: Lifeskills for Adult Children 1990.
    Alice Miller: The Drama of the Gifted Child - The search for the true self, 1997.
    James W. Pennebaker: Opening up - The healing power of expressing emotions,1997.
    M.P. Nichols: the Lost Art of Listening - How learning to listen can improve relationships 1995.

    Additional video resources

  • Assertive Communication Skills: Overview