Psychological education meeting on self-assertiveness, self-confidence and self-esteem

Wednesdays at 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Group led by Michel Naudet.

This group brings together patients in whom the doctor has detected a self-assertiveness or self-esteem problem likely to maintain or reproduce current psychological difficulties.
In the form of short theoretical talks, discussions and role-playing, the meeting has the following main objectives in order to help patients to:

1) Situate themselves

  • Identify different behaviours: passiveness, aggressiveness, assertiveness, manipulation
  • Establish the diagnosis of the behaviour in social interaction: identify the true nature of the self-assertiveness, confidence and/or esteem difficulties
  • Better understand the cognitive and emotional processes underlying the behaviour
  • Get to know oneself better, become aware of ones own needs and desires
  • Evaluate the impact of one’s attitude on that of others
  • Hear what others say and do, understand their motivations and their intentions
  • Appropriate techniques for continuing the work following discharge from the clinic

2) Rebuild themselves

  • Accept oneself (self-esteem)
  • Recognise one’s rights and those of others (assert oneself without taking over)
  • Dare to want to meet one’s own desires and needs (self-confidence)
  • Reacquaint oneself with taking action by foiling attempts at procrastination and by envisaging realistic and gradual changes

3) Find one’s place

  • Make clear demands to meet one’s needs.
  • Make a constructive comment
  • Learn how to say no
  • Accept that you can’t please everyone
  • Receive a reproach or critical comment, make a compliment
  • Know how to say thank you, sorry, to forgive,…
  • Identify manipulation
  • Forestall and pull back into line conflictual situations, negotiate, compromise
  • Respect oneself and others

4) Look to the future

Define personal objectives for progress, transform suffering into projects and projects into actions. The patient devises realistic and tangible ways of making changes to their life (environment, behaviour, relationships) that they can implement gradually after their stay, with a therapist’s support where necessary.

A different theme is discussed at each meeting. A document summarising the day’s theme is handed to each participant at the end of the session.