“A BILL OF ASSERTIVE RIGHTS

I: You have the right to judge your own behavior, thoughts, and emotions, and to take the responsibility for their initiation and consequences upon yourself.

II: You have the right to offer no reasons or excuses for justifying your behavior.

III: You have the right to judge if you are responsible for finding solutions to other people’s problems.

IV: You have the right to change your mind.

V: You have the right to make mistakes—and be responsible for them.

VI: You have the right to say, “I don’t know.”

VII: You have the right to be independent of the goodwill of others before coping with them.

VIII: You have the right to be illogical in making decisions.

IX: You have the right to say, “I don’t understand.”

X: You have the right to say, “I don’t care.”

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO, WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY”


Original author: Manuel J Smith.


...I learned these from a support group I attend, but was thinking of how some of these apply towards anyone who is in a situation where they are leaving behind religious (childish) ways, and learning, embracing a new way of life. For anyone dealing with overbearing, controlling, abusive, or pushy people who want them to conform. For anyone who feels trapped by others...

Discussion topic: pretty open here, but I guess I'm curious in general what you guys think and how some or all of these have applied to you in your own journey, towards Atheism or otherwise...

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We have the right to say, Get off my case, you weirdo.  This kind of implies that we are thinking carefully about what we do and following ethical principles of our own making.  That's cool. 

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