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What Is A Passive Person?

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A passive person is someone who will go with the flow; they will avoid making decisions and find it difficult to say no. They will accept things as they are, even if they are not really happy with them, because they do not want to upset others. They let things go easily and let life pass by, rather than taking action.

  • Being Passive
Being passive means being subjected to actions, as opposed to taking actions. For instance, the passive form of 'The car hit the tree' is 'The tree was hit by the car'. The car is active, the tree is passive.

The same applies to people: 'The woman shouts at her husband', or 'The husband is being shouted at'. The letting things go, or pass by, follows on from this example. She shouts, he is being shouted at, but he lets it go. He is being passive.

  • Not Taking Action
Not taking action does not necessarily mean being inactive. In the sense in which it is being used here, it means not taking a lead, or making a decision. A passive person will let others make decisions for them.

  • Decision Making
Sometimes this makes dealing with a passive person difficult. It is extremely hard to cope with never really being sure what the other person actually wants. A passive person rarely states a preference.

Sometimes this is because they do not wish to upset another person. Often they really do not have a preference. They actually do not care whether they do one thing or another.

This can be frustrating. This is a fairly typical conversation with a passive person: A: Do you want to go out? B: Do you? A: I asked YOU! B: I do if you do, but I don't care if we don't. A: AAAARGH.
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A passive person is that one who doesn't have an attitude towards any situation . It is enough for him to watch what is happening.
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What is another way to describe a passive person without using passive. Since there are different meaning. A person that goes with the flow etc.

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