“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...