Passive Behavior

Woman yelling at passive manWhen you are passive you fail stand up for yourself. You allow your rights to be violated.


  • Indirect, hidden bargains, emotional dishonesty
  • You feel hurt, anxious, possibly angry later
  • The other person feels guilty or superior
  • Fails to achieve goals
  • Other person chooses for you


  • “I guess I’m just stupid.”
  • “I don’t want to bother the clerk who short-changed me.”
  • “It’s not a problem.  I’ll stay late and finish up so you can leave early.”
  • “Sorry, I don’t have any gas in my car, and, uh, my tire may be flat.”

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