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Egan, 1977, p. 267) Tact is a method of putting your foot down without treading on anyone's toes. (Anon) Assertiveness has come to the fore with the feminist movement and is sometimes seen to be something peculiar to women. In practice, however, this is not true. Many men do not know how to use assertiveness, being more familiar with a commanding and aggressive type of behaviour. Being assertive is nothing more and nothing less than being a good communicator. It is using oneself and the other person in such a way that both are enhanced and valued.
The personal and cultural messages given with touch are particularly important in this area of body language. I When you are caring for a patient, are you aware of the signals you are giving with your face when there is odour, disfigurement, like or dislike? Patients enjoy nothing so much as 'nurse-watching'. Needs Needs are another knowledge base for effective assertion. Consider the follOWing text: 41 Managing Yourself In Africa, they say that there are two hungers, the lesser hunger and the greater hunger.
When encroached upon, they may move back. When thinking hard, they may put their tongues out a little. When experiencing envy, they may become' green'. When being submissive, they may bend at the knee. When talking deeply, they may look away. Asserting yourself Feelings may be swallowed or 'hidden', but the body can reveal them more than words can. People who are anxious or embarrassed often giggle. People put on an air of relaxation when they are seething with rage. To give such confused or mixed messages can be deliberate or unconscious.