Although diverse applicable communication techniques (examples) can help us deal with conflicts in a more harmonious way, it is also of interest to note that certain personal tendencies and habits can undermine our efforts.
It is indeed difficult to list up all specific situations and personal factors that have an impact on the practice of assertive communication. What is certain, however, is that some individual needs, although perfectly legitimate and understandable at the start, can constitute serious obstacles to assertiveness once they become too invasive. Here are a few examples of such attitudes, as well as suggestions as to how to counter them:
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The article "Conflict Management: Two Examples of Real-Life Applications of Assertiveness" offers you to take a closer look at two concrete applications of assertiveness in potentially conflictual situations: the reprimand interview and the retirement interview.