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What is Passive Communication?

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Updated April 29, 2014

Definition:

Passive communication is a form of expression that is ineffective and maladaptive. Those with a passive communication style are generally afraid of confrontation and do not feel they have the right to make their wishes and desires known. This style of communication can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger, depression and helplessness and is common among those with social anxiety disorder (SAD).

Also Known As: passivity

Examples: Passive communication usually involves vague requests for help, such as, "I wish the house were tidier for our guests this evening," or a failure to assert an opinion.

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