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Dr. Phil, How do I learn to say "No"?
Dr. Phil: You've got to give yourself permission to say "no". I'm gonna tell you why. There's a difference between aggressiveness and assertiveness. Aggressiveness is when you say something to somebody and it hurts their feelings. Like, you could have said to him "No, you're too old and creepy and so I don't want to give you my phone number." Now that would protect your right for privacy and it would have hurt his feelings.
Published on November 11, 2011