This is the third and final part in a series of blogs on how to befriend the workplace bully.
Assertiveness (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
Whether it is the person who is perceived to be the ‘bully’, or the person perceived to be the ‘victim’, either party may feel that the situation has arisen because either party has an issue with assertiveness. No one is assertive all the time, so to assess how assertive you are in a situation, ask yourself: ‘How much do I act on other people’s wishes at the cost of my own?’ If you are frequently doing this, and it is causing you difficulties in your life, you may need to consider working on your assertiveness.
Assertiveness includes the ability to ask for something but also the ability to say no. Consider the following points when you think about times you have asked the work bully for something, or when you have had to say no to him –
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