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assert (one)self

To display self-confidence and strength of conviction, typically in the pursuit of something. Melanie is always so timid—I'm shocked she was able to assert herself to the boss today. You need to assert yourself and tell her how you really feel!
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assert oneself

To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
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Adolescence is a time when one needs to assert oneself and rebel against adults, the established order, society etc.
preparing a summarised list of past conditions and treatments or keeping a symptom journal); to participate and aid the doctor during the physical examination; to ensure that the doctor formulates a thorough differential diagnosis; to partner with the doctor in the decision-making process regarding testing and treatment options; and to assert oneself in the doctor's thought process without being seen as a difficult patient.
It is not a theoretical inspection of the self by itself but rather an attempt to assert oneself in the world and for others (19).
It is difficult to identify a prevailing theme or idea that runs through the writing but there is a strong emphasis on a teenage search for identity and meaning in their lives and on how to assert oneself on a world that often appears hostile or alien.
In addition, the trio covered how to promote and assert oneself as a woman without seeming overly aggressive, misconceptions about women leaders, and what drives and sustains each of them as leaders.
Learning to cope with or ignore teasing, knowing when to assert oneself or just walk away, and finding ways of defusing crises without physical violence are key to the development of social skills.