Basic Life Skills: Not So Basic

Basic life skills include:

Social Skills
Communication skills
Negotiation/refusal skills
Assertiveness skills
Interpersonal skills 
Cooperation skills
Empathy and perspective taking

Cognitive Skills
Decision making
Problem solving skills
Understanding the consequences of actions
Determining alternative solutions to problems
Critical thinking skills
Analyzing peer and media influences
Analyzing one’s perceptions of social norms and beliefs
Self evaluation and values clarification

Emotional Coping Skills
Managing stress
Managing feelings
Skills for increasing internal locus of control 

No matter who you are and what you do, the next time you are talking to your friends, doing your job and going about your day to day life, just remember that it took years upon years of developing these very complex skill sets to get you where you are now at this very moment.


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