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Learning to Communicate in Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation for Healthier Relationships

Communication Styles: Passive Communication in Recovery

Communication is one of the most important aspects of life. How we interact with others can determine the nature of our relationships and experiences in life. Understanding how we communicate and why can provide an enormous advantage to ever day interactions and activities.

Passive communicators tend to avoid firmly stating their perspective. They tend to not respond and go with the flow of a situation even if that situation is abusive or just unhealthy. People who developed passive communication techniques do not express their opinions or actively enforce healthy boundaries. In essence, they do not stand up for themselves and given priority to others and not themselves.

Communicating feelings, stressors, boundaries and struggles will be important when it comes to achieving success in your recovery.

Other Styles of Communication found in Recovery

Aggressive communicators somewhat overly express their options, feelings, needs and ideas. The opposite of passive communication, aggressive communicators tend to overstep healthy boundaries of others. They essentially force their views on others in an often abusive way. These communicators are giving preference to themselves over others.

Passive- aggressive communicators are a hybrid of the first two types of communication styles. They tend to appear passive, however are actually aggressive in an indirect way. The person may sabotage another behind the scenes while continuing to lack any direct communication of personal options or needs.

This form of communication is considered to be a lose-lose situation as the individual’s needs are not being met and neither are the other persons. These communicators are giving priority and respect to no one – not themselves and not others.

Assertive communicators are the healthiest and most productive communicators. They clearly and firmly state their needs and opinions without abusing others. These communicators respect themselves and others. This style of communication communicates information in a productively and effectively.

The goal for most is to become more of an assertive communicator, not so aggressive you abuse people and not passive such that you let yourself be run over.

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