Are you the one who doesn’t believe in screaming and yelling when things go out of your hand? Instead of getting visibly angry, you tend to express your hostility in passive-aggressive ways meant to hurt and bewilder your target? You should know what you’re suffering from.
Most people will have to deal with passive-aggression from others in their personal and professional lives at one time or the other: a roommate who leaves a sweet-yet-bitter note about the one plate that was left on the sink, unwashed for example, or the report a colleague keeps "forgetting" to finish. Passive-aggressive behavior can be deeply agitating for the target because it’s really difficult to identify, hard to prove, and may even be unintended.
Passive-aggression can lead to even more conflict and intimate issues, the reason being many people strive hard to get a direct and honest conversation about the problem in mind. Nagging them or getting angry only makes the passive-aggressive person on a defensive mode often resulting in them resorting to excuses or denying any responsibility. Recent research shows that there are healthier ways to deal with passive-aggression and handle relationship conflict.
While passive-aggressive behavior and mental condition could be really difficult to pin down, experts agree on the most common traits that symbolize passive aggression, which includes refusing to discuss matters openly and directly, avoiding responsibility, and being deliberately inefficient. But how can an individual recognize or catch it when someone else is being passive-aggressive? Quite easy! The passively aggressive person frequently leaves a job undone or “almost” complete. They often run late and are masters at subtly wrecking others when they don’t agree with a course of action. They tend to resort to the silent treatment or the backhanded compliment to get their point noticed and understood.
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