About aggressive communication styles

Updated February 21, 2017

There are four basic styles of communication. These include passive communication, aggressive communication, passive-aggressive communication and assertive communication. All four types are translated through various forms of interpersonal communication. Out of the four basic styles of communication, the aggressive style is one of the most unproductive in terms of successfully expressing thoughts and ideas. An aggressive communicator will display styles of communication that are offensive to others.

Characteristics of Aggressive Communication

A person who uses aggressive communication will be translated as a close-minded individual, mainly due to an inability to listen. Poor listening skills are a key element in the style of aggressive communication. An individual who fails to listen to another point of view becomes unable to relate. Being able to relate is crucial to effective communication. Aggressive communicators will also interrupt counterparts during communication, which is another testament to poor listening skills. Interruptions, combined with an inability to listen, can lead to the monopolisation of a conversation -- another style of aggressive communication.

Behaviour of Aggressive Communicators

The aggressive communication style consists of some basic, easily recognisable behaviours. An aggressive communicator is perceived by others as bossy and controlling. This is usually a result of a loud, boisterous tone and the communicator's need to feel in control. An aggressive communicator believes he is always right and will not accept the possibility of being wrong. Someone who aggressively communicates will resort to humiliating others in the conversation and place blame on anyone who is perceived as being wrong. An aggressive communicator rarely shows appreciation and often invades another person's space. This behaviour usually results in alienation of the aggressive communicator, which causes a cycle of poor communication style.

Non-Verbal Aggressive Communication

Non-verbal communication is a valid form of interpersonal communication and all four styles of communication can be displayed non-verbally. The non-verbal aggressive communicator rarely smiles and will often point her finger or squint his eyes. Other non-verbal cues include being abrupt or rigid and displaying a general air of superiority. The non-verbal aggressive communicator often glares at the person she is having a conversation with, generating a hostile environment.

Effects of Aggressive Communication Styles

An aggressive communicator causes fear and hatred in others. Once a person experiences aggressive communication, he is immediately turned off and may begin to return the aggression. This can cause a myriad of results, from a minimal disdain to sabotage. Aggressive communicators are incapable of maturing, due to the constant blame of others. The effects of aggressive communication are negative for the communicator and the person she is communicating with.

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About the Author

Lacy Nichols is a graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., where she earned a Bachelor of Science in communication and English. She has written and produced several radio advertisements and commercials, with publications in several literary magazines as well.