Assertiveness ‘Our rights’ underly the philosophy of assertiveness training is based on the premise that we are all equal and that we all possess the same basic rights. Many people seem to have forgotten, or have never been told, that these rights exist.
The goal of assertiveness is to stand up for your rights without violating the rights of others. A good starting point is to remind yourself of some of these basic rights.
- I have the right to express my feelings
- I have the right to express my opinions and beliefs
- I have the right to say ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ for myself
- I have the right to change my mind
- I have the right to say,“I don’t understand”
- I have the right simply to be myself without having to act for other people’s benefit
- I hae the right to decline responsibility for other people’s problems
- I have the right to make reasonable requests of others
- I have the right to set my own priorities
- I have the right to be listened to, and taken seriously
- I hae the right to make mistakes and feel comfortable about admitting them
- I have the right to be illogical in making decisions
- I hae the right to say “I don’t care”.
- I have the right to be miserable or cheerful
These basic personal rights are not to be confused with the Universal Human Rights, as stated on the www.equalityhumanrights.com website they state that:
What are human rights
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death.
They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life.
They can never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example if a person breaks the law, or in the interests of national security.
These basic rights are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence.
These values are defined and protected by law. In Britain our human rights are protected by the Human Rights Act 1998.
How do human rights help you?
Human rights are relevant to all of us, not just those who face repression or mistreatment. They protect you in many areas of your day-to-day life, including:
- your right to have and express your own opinions
- your right to an education
- your right to a private and family life
- your right not to be mistreated or wrongly punished by the state
There is also the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has 30 articles especially created for YOUNG PEOPLE for more information about these please follow the link to www.youthforhumanrights.com
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