How To Handle Different Communication Styles + Reduce Drama

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Assertive Communication

Two business women talking in office

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Assertive communication is the style of communication we should all be working towards. If you are an assertive communicator, this will instantly reduce conflict in your life, and if you have relationships with other assertive communicators, those are likely open, honest and fulfilling. This communication style is characterized by:

  • Direct and honest expression of needs and feelings
  • Expressing one’s needs while respecting others’
  • Using “I” statements like “I feel like” and “I need”
  • Body language includes eye contact and a straight posture


Most people use a combination of these communication styles at different times in their lives. Even you might fluctuate between them all, depending on who you’re dealing with. Getting a good understanding of each one, and who in your life exhibits them, can help you navigate your relationships in a way that leads to less conflict over time.

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