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Words to Say When You Need to Stand Up for Yourself

Do you find yourself compromising your values to smooth out a conflict? Or do you worry about that someone will judge you harshly if you speak up? Do you lie or gloss over the truth out of fear of rejection?

We all smooth over the truth and bend in our standards from time to time in order to reduce conflict and make relationships work. But when pleasing others becomes a habit you may find yourself resentful, which ultimately damages your relationships.

Smoothing over disagreements and arguments can become more important than your own personal beliefs, eroding your self-respect.

Read the rest of the blog piece on The Huffington Post

Christy Matta MA is the author of The Stress Response: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Free You from Needless Anxiety, Worry, Anger, and Other Symptoms of Stress

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