I’ve never stood up to my domineering in-laws? Is it too late to learn? | Ask Annalisa Barbieri

Discovering your voice – and learning how to use it – isn’t easy when you’ve kept it quiet for so long. My advice is to start small

I am a 48-year-old woman, and it recently occurred to me, like a bolt of lightning, that I am not able to be assertive. I cannot strike a balance between standing up for what I feel is right and managing the compromises needed in life.

I’ve just come back emotionally drained (again) from a long weekend with my in-laws, having spent the entire time keeping a lid on my feelings in the interests of everyone getting on.

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