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Passive-Aggressive Behavior



Passive-aggressive behavior is the inability or sometimes plain refusal to openly communicate feelings within a relationship, be it at work or at home. Subtly expressing negative feelings through sulking, backhanded compliments, procrastination, and withdrawal causes confusion, hurt, and anxiety in those on the receiving end. Almost everyone has fallen into the trap of trying to express unhappiness or sadness in a passive manner to avoid open conflict; inevitably, conflict arises regardless because true feelings must be processed for relationships to grow and thrive. Identifying passive-aggressive behavior in others can be easy, but taking the time to look inward can be a healthy check-in for fostering strong relationships.

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What does it mean to be "passive aggressive"? (Glossary of Narcissistic Relationships)

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8 Keys to Eliminating Passive-Aggressiveness

Many people often say “yes” to something when they’d rather say “no.” They offer cooperation through words but follow up with how they really feel―in actions that contradict their words. That’s passive-aggression.

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Passive Aggression

Named for the fact that it contains both passive and aggressive behavior, passive aggression is communication or behavior that seems neutral or even charitable but that has a subtle underpinning of aggression.

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How to Manage Passive Aggressive Behavior Part 1 - Terri Cole Real Love Revolution

Passive aggressive expression of anger sets up a cycle of ineffective interaction. You don't get the satisfaction of saying it directly and the person you're in a relationship with doesn't get valuable intel about how you feel or the opportunity to be a part of the solution.

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Overcoming Passive-Aggression: How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career, and Happiness

In Overcoming Passive-Aggression, Dr. Tim Murphy and Loriann Hoff Oberlin provide an in-depth look at a topic we've all faced but haven't always recognized: Hidden anger.

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Passive-Aggressive Personality

People with passive-aggressive behavior express their negative feelings subtly through their actions instead of handling them directly. This creates a separation between what they say and what they do.

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Passive Aggressive Behavior: You're NOT CRAZY

Every once in a while we encounter passive aggressive behavior or passive aggressive people around us. Have you ever asked yourself “am I passive aggressive”? Watch this video now to see what is passive aggressive, how to identify a passive aggressive personality or passive aggressive signs.

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Communicating with Passive-Aggressive People

As a psychiatrist I teach my patients to address passive aggressive behavior directly as the person may not be aware of the impact on you since they are short on empathy.

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How to Deal with Passive-Aggressive Behavior

People in your life can make you feel bad or wrong by saying one thing to you and meaning something else. You can avoid falling into their traps.

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11 Passive-Aggressive Behaviors & How To Handle Them, From Experts

While most people know what direct aggression looks like, sometimes people display aggression indirectly. You've probably met someone who falls into the latter category—aka someone who's passive-aggressive.

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