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Saying 'yes' when you mean 'no' can result in toxic relationships, according to psychologist Colleen Johnson.

Johnson is part of the Festival of Learning, taking place later this month, where she will present a talk titled 'No is a full sentence'.

She spoke to Azania on why it is important to learn to say no.

We have a tendency to always try and please others so we immediately believe that if we say no, how are we going to be perceived by the person making this request.

Colleen Johnson, Psychologist

With age we learn that it's ok to say no and that ultimately people are still going to accept you and love you and respect you.

Colleen Johnson, psychologist

Unfortunately, once you have learned that, that is where toxic relationships flourish - because of our inability to say no.

Colleen Johnson, psychologist

You need to use your voice. You can't expect other people to treat you with respect and dignity if you do not treat yourself with dignity and respect.

Colleen Johnson, Psychologist

Click on the link below to hear more from Johnson...

This article first appeared on 702 : 'With age we learn that it's ok to say NO'

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