Assertive Rights

  1. The right to be treated with respect.
  2. The right to have an express your own feelings.
  3. The right to be listened to and taken seriously.
  4. The right to offer no reasons or excuses for justifying your behavior.
  5. The right to decide whether or not to be responsible for another’s problems.
  6. The right to set your own priorities.
  7. The right to say “no” (refuse requests) without feeling guilty/selfish.
  8. The right to ask for what you want including affection and help (may be turned down, but can ask).
  9. The right to change and to change your mind.
  10. The right to say “I don’t know”, “I don’t agree”, “I don’t understand”.
  11. The right to get what you pay for.
  12. The right to ask for information from professionals.
  13. The right to make mistakes (and be responsible for them).
  14. The right to choose not to assert yourself.
  15. The right to be competent and be proud of your accomplishments.
  16. The right to have your needs be as important as the needs of others.
  17. The right to tell someone what your needs are.
  18. The right to feel and express anger.
  19. And, sometimes, the right to make demands on others.
  20. The right to judge your own behavior, thoughts, and emotions and to take responsibility for their initiation and consequences upon yourself, and, you have the responsibility to respect the above rights in others.