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.
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.
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.