Communication styles: the Basic 4 types

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Each person has a unique communication style, the way they interact and exchange information with other people. There are four basic styles of communication:

  • passive;
  • aggressive;
  • passive-aggressive;
  • energetic.

it is Important to understand everything and why people use them. Reviewing these 4 styles, we can better understand the characteristics of each of them, the standard phrase and what makes them unique.



People who use the passive communication style, often act indifferent, giving way to another. Passive communicators are not usually able to Express their feelings or needs, allowing others to Express themselves. Often the lack of external communication in the passive Communicator may lead to misunderstanding, the accumulation of anger or resentment. At the same time with these communicators safer to talk when a conflict occurs, because they are likely to avoid confrontation or are subject to others. Passive communicators often exhibit lack of eye contact, poor posture and inability to say no .

Examples of phrases that are often said by those who use a passive style of communication:

  • It's really not important .
  • Let's live together, etc.


It is often obvious when someone communicates aggressively. You will hear it. You'll see it. You can even feel it. Aggressive style of communication emphasizes the fact that the man spoke in a loud and demanding voice, maintains intense eye contact and dominate others or control them, accusing, intimidating, criticizing, threatening them or attacking them.

Aggressive communicators often give teams roughly asking questions and not listening to others. But they can also be considered leaders and I respect others.

Examples of phrases that will be used by aggressive Communicator:

  1. I'm right and you're not .
  2. I get it, no matter what .
  3. "It's all your fault".


People with a passive aggressive style of communication with 1-St glance seem passive, but inside they may feel helpless or stuck that causes dissatisfaction, which leads to boiling or the action of subtle, indirect or covert ways.

the Most passive-aggressive communicators will mutter to myself, not to confront the person or problem. It is difficult for them to recognize your anger-use facial expressions that don't correlate with how they feel, and even to deny that there is a problem. Passive-aggressive communicators may also seem cooperative, but silence can do the opposite. Ultimately, passive-aggressive communicators are aware of their needs, but sometimes struggling to voice them.

Examples of phrases that will be used by the passive-aggressive Communicator:

  • It's good for me, but don't be surprised if someone will be angry .
  • Sure, we can do things his own way, and then muttering to myself that your way is stupid .


Considered to be the most effective form of communication, the assertive style has an open line of communication without being overbearing. Assertive communicators are able to Express their own needs, desires, ideas and feelings and to consider the needs of others. Confident communicators strive to ensure that both parties win in the situation, balancing their rights with the rights of others.

Examples of phrases that can be used by the assertive Communicator:

  1. We equally have the right to Express their respect to each other .
  2. I respect the rights of others .

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