Believe in Yourself: The Psychological Bill of Rights

As adult human beings we all have certain basic rights. Often, though, we have either forgotten them or as children we were never taught to believe in them. Developing assertiveness involves recognising that you, just as much as anyone else, have a right to all of the things listed under the Personal Bill of Rights. Assertiveness involves taking responsibility to exercise these rights in situations where they are threatened or infringed upon. Read through the Bill of Rights below and reflect on your willingness to believe in and exercise each one.  Sticking to all of them or just a few could be the key to finding your freedom and happiness!

1. I have the right to ask for what I want.

2. I have the right to say no to requests or demands I can’t meet.

3.I have the right to express all of my feelings, positive or negative.

4.I have the right to change my mind.

5.I have the right to make mistakes and not be perfect.

6.I have the right to follow my own values and standards.

7. I have the right to say no.

8. I have the right to determine my own priorities.

9.I have the right not to be responsible for others behaviours, actions, feelings or problems.

10.I have the right to be angry with someone I love.

11.I have the right to be myself.

12. I have the right to say I’m scared or afraid.

13. I have the right to say I don’t know.

14. I have the right not to give excuses or reasons for my behaviour.

15. I have the right to made decisions based on my feelings.

16. I have the right to my own needs for personal space and time.

17. I have the right to change and grow.

18. I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by  others.

19. I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

20. I have the right to be happy.

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