Anyone who has been around small children knows they ask questions, lots of questions.
Many of those questions start with “Can I.” Can I have one more cookie? Can I watch TV? Can I stay up late and read? Can we get a dog?
We are conditioned early on to ask for permission.
We did it as kids with our parents. It continued in school with our teachers.
Even as adults, you may find yourself asking for permission, sometimes unconsciously.
Women, in particular, tend to have what’s known as upward inflection, the habit of raising their voices at the end of a sentence. This turns the sentence into a question, giving your power away to someone else.