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What Is Aggressive Communication?


Updated April 29, 2014


Aggressive communication is a method of expressing needs and desires that do not take in to account the welfare of others. Those who communicate in an aggressive manner are generally perceived as selfish and unwilling to compromise. An aggressive communication style is usually linked to a desire to hurt others or exact revenge, or may reflect poor emotional development. Assertive communication is a more effective means of expression that can be learned.

Also Known As: aggression

Examples: Aggressive communication usually attacks the other person instead of expressing a need: "You never spend any time with me" versus "I need to spend more time with you".

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