Passive Aggressive Behaviour

A personality trait marked by a pervasive pattern of negative attitudes and characterised by passive, sometimes obstructionist resistance to complying with expectations in interpersonal or occupational situations
Behaviours Learned helplessness, procrastination, stubbornness, resentment, sullenness, or deliberate/repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible
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When you encounter this type of passive aggressive behaviour, speak up but in a calm and controlled manner so you get your point across assertively.
Passive aggressive behaviour, gossiping, sabotage, undermining, exclusion and rudeness--Hayston's manager did not attend her farewell afternoon tea or say goodbye--are bullying's more obvious manifestations.
Since you can't work out what you've done to upset them, their passive aggressive behaviour is starting to unnerve you.
"Women find it difficult to be straight about their feelings, leading to this type of passive aggressive behaviour," psychologist Corinne Sweet said.
The only difference I can see is that it is more subversive--starting rumours, antagonising, or passive aggressive behaviour. Belittling of EENs by RNs is the most common I have noticed in recent times.
Passive aggressive behaviour will only complicate a relationship that could grow into something special if you are honest.

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