Examples of Passive Communication

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Passive communicators are those who allow things to happen or things to be said that make them feel uncomfortable. Get examples of passive communication with help from a licensed psychotherapist, nationally published columnist, and radio host in this free video clip.

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Hi, name is Brooke Miller, Psychotherapist and founder of Soapbox Therapy. And here are some examples of passive communication. Passive communicators are those who allow things to happen or things to be said to them that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. But they don't speak up for fear of being disliked, made fun of, or even put down. Think about it like this, if you're communicating in a passive way you are allowing someone to pass right over you. Some really simple examples of passive communication are one when you are going on a date with someone and they choose a restaurant. Let's say they choose a fish restaurant and you have a fish allergy and you're really putting your health at risk but you are not, you don't speak up. Because you want to seem easy going and fun to be with. You are putting the other person's needs above yours and you are allowing them to pass right over you. That's passive communication. Another example is if you go to get your haircut. And you're really not happy with the final result but you don't speak up. There is a way to steer clear of passive communication, stay away from aggressive communication and find a way to communicate as an assertive person somewhere right in between. My name is Brooke Miller of Soapbox Therapy and those are just some simple examples of passive communication.

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