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Let’s take a closer look at passive behaviour and how to identify it.

Passive behaviour is:

  • Not expressing your thoughts, feelings and needs
  • Letting other people dominate you and tell you what to do and not do
  • You find it difficult to stand up for what is right and wrong
  • Avoiding conflict and fear reactions of others
  • People misunderstand your agreement and are uncertain of your feelings

Use the tabs below to learn more about Passive Behaviour. If you are viewing on a mobile device, the tabs will be stacked on top of one another.

  • I’m Not OK, You’re OK
  • Resigned
  • Pessimistic
  • Timid
  • Self-deprecating
  • Accepting
  • Placating
  • Anxious
  • Uptight
  • Submissive
  • Compliant
  • Helpless
  • Directionless
  • Disconnected
  • Quiet
  • Mumbling
  • Monotonous
  • Waffling
  • Sorry
  • It’s not up to me
  • It’s only me
  • It doesn’t really matter
  • I don’t know
  • I don’t mind
  • It’s up to you


  • Shrinking
  • Hunching
  • Fiddling

Take a look at the short video below. See if you can spot any of the above.

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