Learning how to stand up for yourself when people are taking advantage of you is an acquired skill. First, examine your personality and the way you were brought up and identify why it is hard for you to stand up for yourself. You should get in touch with your own needs and also find ways to let others know what your needs are. Look for patterns in the ways you interact with certain individuals in your life. Finally, practice assertive behavior.
- Don’t be afraid to ask yourself questions that center on how you generally feel
- Setting healthy boundaries by stating what you expect out of relationships works for all scenarios
- Record interactions that make you feel negatively and study what makes them different from positive interactions
“Before you do anything else you have to identify what your own needs are.”