Consequences of not being able to say 'no'
Inability to say ‘no’ or the fear of communicating assertively leads to:
- Build-up of resentment and anger towards the person who you are trying to express your need(s) to.
- Frustration and disappointment.
- Stress builds up as you are unable to communicate what you need.
- Long-term anxiety and depression.
Assertiveness techniques - five ways to say 'no'
Becoming skilled at assertive communication requires continuous practice. It is like building muscular strength - muscles develop with strength training over time. So does the ability to say ‘no’. At first, you may face difficulty in separating your emotions from the communication. Don’t beat yourself up when this happens or when things don’t go as planned the first few times you practise saying … more