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Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against Coworkers, Bosses, and Work Environments That Poison Your Day by Linnda Durre

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CHAPTER 13Four Types of BehaviorAssertive, Aggressive, Passive-Aggressive, and Passive

There are basically four types of behavior in terms of temperament and energy:

• assertive

• aggressive

• passive-aggressive

• passive

Each one can be effective in its own right, and each one has a negative side, too. These types of behavior are described in the following sections.

Assertive

In a marriage or a working relationship, it’s important that you communicate with respect and equality. You want to clearly present your needs and wants and to listen to what the other person has to say. You can strive to be open and flexible in hearing the other person and what he or she needs and wants, as you hope that person is in hearing what you need and want. You ...

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