Assertiveness means being able to stand up for your own or other people's rights in a calm and positive way, without being either aggressive or passively accepting 'wrong'. Learning how to communicate assertively is a very useful life skill and this article tells you how you can get support with this from the University or via other resources.

It's always advisable to consult your GP if you are feeling persistently low, especially if your daily functioning is affected. You should also let your personal tutor or course leader know if you are having difficulties and these are affecting your studies - they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support.

The Student Wellbeing Service is available to all students free of charge and is experienced in providing confidential support to students for assertiveness. You may find one or more of our courses and workshops helpful in teaching useful skills to promote your wellbeing. The list of recommended resources will give some ideas for other strategies or sources of support.

Library books

The University library has copies of the following books which could be useful:

  • Lindenfield, G – Assert Yourself – 158.2/LIN
  • Galassi, MD & Galassi, JP – Assert Yourself! – 158/1/GAL

Other resources

If you would like to research more around the topic of assertiveness, the Student Wellbeing Service can recommend the following self-help resources:

Assert Yourself

From a well-regarded Australian site, these popular downloadable CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) workbooks provide clear, easy to read information along with short exercises and activities to learn and apply skills for tackling common issues in this case, assertiveness. Many students have found these materials helpful.

Visit the website.

Other self-help resources

Take a look at our other self-help resources.

Contact information
  • Student Wellbeing Service
  • Floor 2, Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2ED
  • wellbeing-admin@port.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)23 9284 3466

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