Passive behavior is the diffidence or inability to express true opinions.

Imagine for a moment that you are asked to do something which you don’t want to, or don’t have the time or ability to. The ambiance of that moment is also critical and you have to make a decision at once. Considering coaxing from the other end and your own incompetence to refuse, you accept the invitation against your better judgment. Classifying such reticence as submissiveness might seem slightly misleading. This is where we introduce passiveness – a kissing cousin of submissiveness, yet less extreme.

Passiveness implies when one doesn’t abandon intellect but the individual’s actions conflict with his or her thoughts and desires. Submissiveness is when one is completely overwhelmed by the discussion due to its delectation/authoritativeness and decides to give in. Passiveness is naïve or idle behavior, while submissiveness is weak or vulnerable behavior.

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