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Ignoring Needs

See if you notice the differences in the communication in the following conversations. 

Steve and Scott Allison and Diane

Steve: You always keep the television blaring and I can never fall asleep.

Scott: I didn't know it kept you awake.

Steve: It does and I can't concentrate in school the next day.

Scott: I can't fall asleep without the television on.

Steve: Well, I can't fall asleep with the television on and we are stuck sharing the same room.  What are we going to do?

Scott: So we don't keep getting mad at each other let's think of what we can do to make this situation better for both of us.

Steve: You could come in and go to asleep after you get real tired watching television in the family room.

Scott: I would just get drowsy and fall asleep on the couch.  I don't think that will work for me.  Maybe you could come in to go to sleep after I am already sleeping.

Steve: No, then I can't go to bed or be in my room when I want.  Maybe you could wear headphones to bed.  What do you think of that idea?

Scott: That's a great idea!  I have always wanted headphones anyway, so that might solve our problem!

Allison:  You always keep the television blaring and I can never fall asleep.

Diane: I didn't know it kept you awake.

Allison:  It does and I can't concentrate in school the next day.

Diane: Sorry, but I can't fall asleep without the television on.

Allison: OK.  I'll just try to do the best I can in school the next day and just get used to the television.  I hope you aren't upset with me because I told you that I had problems with the television.

Diane: No.  That's okay.

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A passive communication style is when you put the rights of others before your own, minimizing your own self worth.

An assertive communication style is when you stand up for your rights while maintaining respect for the rights of others.

An aggressive communication style is when you stand up for your rights, but you violate the rights of others.

 

*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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