Unusual results may include becoming too aggres-t5 sive in setting boundaries, as if the individual is over's compensating. With appropriate training, role-play, and £ feedback, this response can be re-learned. Alternatively, I for very shy individuals, a heightened sense of anxiety $ may be experienced when using the techniques initially. íg The nervousness or anxiety is usually due to the individual's concern about others' reactions to their assertive responses. Over time, the anxiety will usually decrease.
See also Behavior modification; Gender issues in mental health
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