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.