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I Really Need to Be More Assertive

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    Well So I'm Told! - Now don't get me wrong, it's not that I can't say no it's just that I hate to disappoint people and if i really don't mind and what is being asked is within my...
    teeny09 teeny09 36-40, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2011

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    "Sacrificial" - I'm finding out that my close friends think I sacrifice all the time. I'm always the one who takes the floor when there aren't enough beds, the one who takes the...
    awkwardlighting awkwardlighting 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 3, 2008

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    In Telling People When They Hurt Me.... - At the moment I feel I am letting people get away with hurting me and that makes me feel angry with myself. I really do need to be more...
    Jenni855 Jenni855 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 16, 2011

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    A Story I've Read In A Book About Assertiveness - I've read a story in a book about a man who wasn't assertive at all when he was younger. I think his mother was an alcoholic and...
    AmIAMaleHSP AmIAMaleHSP 26-30, M Aug 20, 2012

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    What Is It..... - Assertiveness is the ability to express yourself and your rights without violating the rights of others. It is appropriately direct, open, and honest...
    redman redman 46-50, M 2 Responses Dec 21, 2007

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    You Have - The right to decide how to lead your life. This includes pursuing your own goals and dreams and establishing your own priorities. The right to your own...
    redman redman 46-50, M 7 Responses Dec 21, 2007

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    I Wish... - I really suck at saying no. I put myself way over my head because I can't say no or stand up for myself as much as I'd like to. When something happens I can't...
    sterlingsinner sterlingsinner 22-25 1 Response Mar 30, 2009

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    Too Nice? - In nearly every relationship I've been in, I was so devoted, so kind, and giving but I would up getting cheated on, getting very hurt emotionally, and alone. Was it...
    Chucklesh Chucklesh 56-60, M 3 Responses Nov 8, 2013

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    I need a friend who I can't trust 100%, someone who understands me, and respects who I am. Someone who can give me really great advice, but also just listen when needed. I need a...
    alittleinteresting alittleinteresting 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 27

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    Em alone and sad .... I need someone hug me..
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    When I’m stressed or in emotional pain, I need physical comfort. A hug, a gentle kiss, a compassionate touch. But my man, he’s the complete opposite…When he’s stressed and...
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    Really I do someone hmu please
    austinlewis austinlewis 13-15, M 4 Responses Mar 29

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    I'm not here to complain about my worldly problems- but more about how my experience is expressed and outwardly as inwardly interpreted. I feel as though I can't talk to anyone...
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