In 2009 I was at an all time low. I was deeply unhappy in my marriage and very depressed. At my worst point I finally confided in my parents and they decided to pay for me to have treatment at arguably one of the best facilities in the world. During my time there I embarked on an unexpected journey of self discovery and began my life-long quest to gain greater psychological knowledge and understanding. It is a journey which has given me many insights into human nature and one I have found profoundly rewarding.
One of the very first things I was introduced to when I got treatment was the notion that all of us have basic rights we are born with. These rights are separate from our legal human rights however they are just as intrinsic to our very being. In one of my very first assertiveness classes I was given a list of these basic rights. I would later discover these were taken from Anne Dickson’s book ‘A Woman In Your Own Right: Assertiveness And You’. Although the book speaks to woman, the rights and assertiveness principles outlined are universal and are just as applicable to men. More