Sigmund Freud (a psychoanalyst born in the 19th Century) said that aggressive and passive behaviours can be viewed as defensive responses; our ‘defence mechanism’ when we feel under attack. He said that defensive behaviour is “…behaviour to protect oneself from a perceived threat or attack.” If we feel under attack, we attack back. Either fight or flight. Fight = Aggressive Flight = Passive
11 signs of Aggressive behaviour
5 signs of Passive behaviour
In part 3 - What level of assertiveness would you like? To control your own choices? Not to control others? To defend yourself? Or all of the above?