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Assertive, Aggressive, Passive or just Anxious? Part 2

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

  • Attacking
  • Blaming
  • Refusing to listen
  • Swearing
  • Interrupting
  • Threatening
  • Scowling
  • Staring
  • Shouting
  • Crossing arms
  • Pointing

5 signs of Passive behaviour

  • Putting yourself down
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Apologise all the time
  • Letting others make your decisions for you
  • Not saying what you want

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?  

 

 

Assertive, Aggressive, Passive or just Anxious? Part 1

You know that feeling when you’ve walked away from a situation and thought “I wish I had said …..” or “I can’t believe I said…..”.  Even as adults we often find ourselves responding or commenting in a way which might seem out of character.  Sometimes we seem to float between aggressive, passive and assertive as we move into different areas of our lives.

For example, I tend to be rather passive in a restaurant.  But elsewhere I'm assertive. And occasionally I might be aggressive.  It's not ideal and I'm working on it!

Aggressive

We recognise aggression because the physical signs - shouting/swearing/raised voices – are frightening.  Aggression makes our pulses race whether delivering it or when on the receiving end of it.  It’s an explosively angry behaviour which can trigger from nowhere and lead to great distress.

Passive

If, on the other hand, your reactions to situations would be to become quiet and subdued...

6 signs that you’re being manipulated

On the website www.businessdictionary.com the definition of manipulative behaviour is: ‘behaviour which attempts to control or play upon others' hopes or fears to attain selfish ends while disregarding their aspirations or well being’.

Young children can learn very early how to 'get their own way' by manipulating a situation.  For example, by crying, throwing tantrums, stamping feet, yelling, sulking.   We accept this as part of understanding boundaries and learning about right and wrong.

As adults we can also be inclined towards this behaviour in (possibly) more subtle ways to get our own way without using assertiveness skills.

Here are some outward signs of manipulative behaviour:

  • Jokey put-downs
  • Making people feel guilty
  • Gossiping
  • Being two-faced
  • Moodiness
  • Being inconsistent

Recognise anyone you know?

Your assertiveness and enquiring responses will soon squash the Manipulator into more honest behaviour.  Want to to know more? Call me on 07763942771 to discuss the Assertiveness training programmes on offer.  You'll be glad...

Do’s and Don’ts of Assertive behaviour

Making a request

Do:

  • Be direct and to the point
  • Give a reason for the request
  • Respect the other person’s right to say no

Don’t

  •       Apologise
  •       Justify yourself
  •       Sell the request with flattery
  •       Take advantage of people’s good nature
  •       Take refusal personally

Saying No

Do:

  • Keep the reply brief and avoid rambling
  • Give a reason
  • Be honest about limitations/possibilities
  • Ask for more time to consider the request
  • Acknowledge the requester

Don’t

  •       Keep apologising
  •       Feel guilty for saying no
  •       Invent excuses

 

Disagreeing/stating your views

Do:

  • State your disagreement clearly
  • Express doubts in a constructive way (not - “That won’t work” try – “Let’s see what other options there are”)
  • Use “I” statements to distinguish your opinion
  • Give reasons for your disagreement
  • Recognise other people’s point of view
  • Be open-minded and willing to listen

Don’t

  •       Be angry or patronising
  •       Be sarcastic
  •       Sulk if others disagree!

Raising the Age in 2013

Do we appear to have our heads in the sand about the impact of 2013 on our colleges?  Particularly FE.  Or is it just me??

What I mean to say is, some of our less enthusiastic learners will soon be populating our colleges. What measures are being put in place to help teaching and support staff to manage these reluctant learners?

I’m definitely a ‘cup half-full’ kind of person and I do believe that continuing on in education and training post 16 will be a fantastic opportunity for our school-leavers.  They will gain new work and life skills, not just for the job market as we have always known it; it’s also a great opportunity to shape up for the new uncertain world which we are all having to adjust to.

But we have to get it right.  We can’t afford to lose sight of the burgeoning cost of supporting non-workers.  Our...

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