If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time you probably saw this coming. “No means no” is a huge part of teaching children to avoid abuse and assault. However this phrase had a different meaning 50 years ago. It really had nothing to do with eschewing abuse. It was a mantra of authoritarian parental control.
You’ve read them, of course. Either that or you’ve ignored them. You may have actually posted one on your Facebook wall. These “How to Feed and Care for your Introvert” articles have been making the rounds. They typically contain instructions on how to treat an introvert, though many of them go beyond simply raising awareness and take on a confrontational tone (yes, insert joke here about the idea of an introvert getting belligerent).