Balancing Passivity and Aggression: Finding the Middle Ground
Joining the Meeting
When: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, at 5:30 PM Eastern U.S. Time
Join from LINUX, Android, iOS, MacOS, or Windows by selecting "Join Event" below.
From the United States, you can also dial in with one-tap:
US: +16699006833,,671123641# or +14086380968,,671123641#
Or manually dial from the US with either
+1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923
(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
You can select the International Numbers button below for a list of countries and associated numbers.
Use the Meeting ID: 941187107
Communication style is a key component in reducing stress related to interpersonal situations. Below are the basic communication styles explained:
- Aggressive: Forcing your needs or opinions onto others, often involving the use of bullying or intimidation. Not considering the needs of another.
- Passive: Not speaking up for yourself, possibly because you think your views do not matter. Allowing yourself to be bullied or ignored.
- Assertive: Expressing your needs clearly but respectfully. Considering both your needs and the needs of others. Often compromising.
Think of assertiveness as the halfway point between passive and aggressive - just the right balance! To practice being more assertive, try these techniques:
- State your point of view or request clearly.
- Listen to what the other person has to say.
- Speak at a normal tone of voice. Sound firm but not aggressive.
- Use appropriate body language. Make eye contact, stand tall and relax your face.
- Speak with facts rather than judgments.
- Use "I" statements to tell the other person how you feel rather than be accusing.
- Practice assertiveness often.
There are many benefits of being assertive. It helps you keep people from walking all over you. It can also help you to stop steamrolling people.
Some of the benefits of being assertive:
- Gain self confidence and self esteem.
- Understand and recognize your feelings.
- Earn respect from others.
- Improve communication.
- Create win win situations.
- Improve your decision making skills.
- Create honest relationships.
Links for You