Dealing with Passive-Aggressive People

In an article titled “7 Signs You’re Dealing With a Passive-Aggressive Person” Jeffrey Kluger explains several common traits and actions of passive-aggressive people (including as disguised insults and non-compliments) and how we can successfully recognize and combat them. Kluger writes:

“…Passive-aggression is there but it’s not, you see it and you don’t. It’s aggression as steam — hard to frame, impossible grasp. You see it in the competitive colleague who would never confront you directly but accidentally leaves your name off an email about an important meeting. It’s the spouse who’s usually punctual but takes forever to get out of the house when it’s your turn to choose the movie. Sometimes there’s an innocent explanation, but often there’s not — and the passive-aggressors themselves might not even know which is which…passive-aggression is more than just the nettlesome habit of a few maddeningly indirect people. Clinicians …agree on the symptoms: deliberate inefficiency, an avoidance of responsibility, a refusal to state needs or concerns directly.”

Read the entire article here


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