Sunday, November 04, 2007

Bill of Assertive Rights

Psychologist Manuel J. Smith points out that everyone has certain important rights. He calls them "A Bill of Assertive Rights":

  1. You have the right to judge your own behaviour, thoughts, and emotions, and to take the responsibility for their initiation and consequences upon yourself.
  2. You have the right to offer no reasons or excuses for justifying your behaviour.
  3. You have the right to judge whether you are responsible for finding solutions to other people's problems.
  4. You have the right to change your mind.
  5. You have the right to make mistakes - and be responsible for them.
  6. You have the right to say, "I don't know."
  7. You have the right to be independent of the goodwill of others before coping with them.
  8. You have the right to be illogical in making decisions.
  9. You have the right to say, "I don't understand."
  10. You have the right to say, "I don't care."
You have the right to say no, without feeling guilty.

Manuel J. Smith, When I Say No, I Feel Guilty (New York: Bantam, 1975)

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Do you agree with the above?

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2 Comments:

Blogger Kenny Ng said...

So... I have right to be a rocker but not look like a rocker? :P

4/11/07 19:18  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Oh, of course!!! ;-)

4/11/07 21:30  

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