There are times when you need to hold a boundary with someone, but that isn’t easy. However, using empathy, you can create boundaries without alienating the other person.
How to set boundaries well
First, acknowledge the other person’s feelings or beliefs and then state how you feel. Use the “positive no” when needing set limits with somebody you don’t want to shut out or shout down completely. You can also use the “ABCD technique” for expressing how you feel. Finally, replace blaming language with words that express how the other’s actions make you feel.
Read the full post here: 4 Ways to Be Assertive Without Alienating Others.