Some people, more usually women, are brought up to nurture and this can mean that they are conditioned to bend their own wills for the assumed greater good of others. This means that they tend to agree with opposing opinions, even when they know that they are right, or they ignore bullying or domineering behaviour without saying anything for fear of upsetting others. Many will feel that they won’t be loved or valued unless they are subservient to some degree.
Many people feel that if they assert themselves others will think of their behaviour as aggressive. There is a huge difference between being assertive and being aggressive. Assertive people state their opinions while being respectful of others. Aggressive people attack or ignore others’ opinions in favour of their own. Passive people don’t state their opinions at all.
The chart below gives some examples of
The differences between Passive, Aggressive and Assertive behaviour
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