Explain the types of Communication Styles.
Individuals who use the passive communication style often act indifferently, yielding to others. Passive communicators usually fail in expressing their feelings or needs, allowing others to express themselves. Frequently, a passive communicator’s lack of outward communication can result in misunderstanding, anger build-up, or resentment.
This is often apparent when someone communicates in an aggressive manner. For example, You’ll hear it. You’ll see it. You may even feel it. However, the aggressive communication style is emphasized by speaking in a loud and demanding voice, maintaining intense eye contact, and dominating or controlling others by blaming, intimidating, criticizing, threatening, or attacking them, among other traits.
Passive-aggressive communication style users stay passive on the surface, but inside they may feel powerless or stuck, creating a resentment that leads to seething or acting out in subtle, indirect, or secret ways. However, most passive-aggressive communicators will mutter to themselves rather than confront a person or issue.
The assertive communication style features an open communication link while not being overbearing. Assertive communicators can express their own needs, desires, ideas, and feelings, while also considering the needs of others. Assertive communicators aim for both sides to win in a situation, balancing one’s rights with the rights of others.