Growing up in a South Asian household, I have noticed how our women communicate differently.
I don’t think it is just a South Asian thing.
I was having a discussion with my mom around communication and she was saying herself that she wasn’t taught to ask for what she wants or say what she feels. In our discussion, we started to look at Punjabi women in general around us and realized many of them were in a similar boat. They aren’t taught to use their voice to express themselves.
I don’t know how true it is but it is a perception I have – a good number of South Asian women have thyroid issues which is a suppression of communication. I’m not a researcher so do not have the data but I am prone to drawing the conclusion it has to do with how they use their voices.
Asking for what you want and need is a difficult thing when you haven’t been taught.
I would love to hear how others overcome experiences and have garnered the confidence in asking for what they want?
PS. The leadership program that I just developed right now has a few modules on asking for what you. It’s fun. Trust me. If you are interested, send me a message to find out more.