Practice Setting Boundaries
Everyone has different communication styles, so it’s important to practice being direct and straightforward.
Sometimes, when we’re dealing with people who have a similar personality to our own, maintaining healthy boundaries doesn’t require clear-cut language. For these situations, subtlety can work fine, because your communication styles are alike.
Other times, you might be dealing with someone with a different personality or cultural background, which requires being very direct. If one party considers it acceptable to challenge the other’s opinion, but you’re feeling disrespected and tense – it’s your job to speak out and say, “I think we’re finished with this conversation, let’s change the subject.”
Make it a point to communicate your discomfort as directly as possible, whether out loud, or even in your head – just as a way to practice.
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