If you spend too much time with people who are used to coercion and control then I think there is the danger of becoming like them. And I don't want to become like that. (nothing personal)
Being assertive isn't the same as being aggressive. I know the difference and don't want to become passive/aggressive. Where victimisation leads to bullying and an endless circle of name, shame and blame.
I have no shame and nothing to be ashamed of. I want it to stay that way.
|[pink elephant in the room]|