I will not harm people by telling them what I feel. By communicating my feelings directly, I am respecting myself by owning my own power.
In my dysfunctional family, I learned to communicate my feelings indirectly. Certain feelings were forbidden and hidden – they had to be guessed at, and deduced from clues in behavior.
This indirect style no longer works for me. I don’t want to play games with people where feelings are concerned.I don’t want to leave a trail of clues for others to use In solving the mystery of my emotional life.
Self Affirmation: “I can express my feelings in a direct way.”