We often hear about the negative consequences of being too aggressive in school, at work, in the news, and on social media. However, the potential negative impact of being too passive is seldom discussed. Continuous passivity can have a negative impact on you emotionally. It can contribute to a number of problems, including: stress, anxiety, unhealthy relationships, low self-esteem, and even depression. By always putting the needs and desires of others before your own, you are sending a message to yourself and others that you are less important.