PERSONAL BILL OF RIGHTS

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I’m not sure who came up with this list, but I’ve used it time and again to help clients/patients stand on firmer emotional ground. It’s a good reminder, especially for those of us who struggle with a fragile sense of self. Go ahead and tape it to your refrigerator. It’s great for the whole family and can encourage important discussion.

1. I have the right to ask for what I need.

2. I have the right to say no to requests or demands that I cannot meet.

3. I have the right to express all of my feelings – positive and negative.

4. I have a right to change my mind.

5. I have a right to make mistakes and not be perfect.

6. I have a right to follow my own values and beliefs.

7. I have the right to say NO to anything if I feel I’m not ready, if it is unsafe, or if it conflicts with my values.

8. I have the right to determine my own priorities.

9. I have the right not to be responsible for the actions, feelings, or behaviors of others. I am not a reflection of anyone else and no one is a reflection of me.

10. I have the right to expect honesty from others.

11. I have the right to be angry at someone I love.

12. I have the right to be myself, to be unique.

13. I have the right to express fear.

14. I have the right to say, “I don’t know.”

15. I have the right not to give reasons or excuses for my behavior.

16. I have the right to make decisions based on my own feelings.

17. I have the right to my own personal space and time.

18. I have the right to be playful.

19. I have the right to be healthier than those around me.

20. I have the right to feel safe and be in a non-abusive environment.

21. I have the right to make friends and be comfortable around people.

22. I have the right to change and grow.

23. I have the right to have my wants and needs respected by others.

24. I have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

25. I have the right to be happy.

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