"I'm afraid to speak up...I've even been told that if I want your opinion, "I'll give it to you!" Dr. Dodd, I've always been made to feel that my thoughts, opinions, needs, expectations....they don't matter. Whenever I've tried...I"ve felt ignored, devalued, invisible." Another individual shared, "I've always avoided conflict/confrontation, because I've been afraid of saying something wrong or that would make the other person mad. It just made things worse. Besides, no one wants to hear what I have to say!" In this episode, Dr. Dodd seeks to provide you hope, direction and information, as well as basic skills pertaining to the communication technique of...being ASSERTIVE.