Quotation by Georgia Lanoil

The most important distinction between aggression and assertion is its intent. During assertion, we move ourselves toward another; during aggression, we move ourselves against another. Assertion is vital within a relationship. Aggression is not.... The truth is, reports indicate that both men and women enjoy a partner who is assertive. Such a partner eliminates the need for second-guessing and mind-reading. Such a partner gives his or her mate implicit permission to be similarly assertive. Aggression, however, often evokes more aggression—thrusts, parries, and strategies for defense.
Georgia Lanoil (b. 1940s), U.S. psychologist. The Female Stress Syndrome: How to Recognize and Live With It, ch. 5, Newmarket Press (1984).
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