passive-aggressive behavior

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pas·sive-ag·gres·sive be·hav·ior

apparently compliant behavior, with intrinsic obstructive or stubborn qualities, to cover deeply felt aggressive feelings that cannot be more directly expressed.

pas·sive-ag·gres·sive be·ha·vi·or

(pasiv-ă-gresiv bĕ-hāvyŏr)
Apparently compliant behavior, with intrinsic obstructive or stubborn qualities, to cover deeply held aggressive feelings that cannot be more directly expressed.
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India then shared a series of screen shots, showing Ruth's message and some of the survey questions - and it's fair to say they're pretty passive aggressive.
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Here, the passive aggressive individual does not like confrontations and will deal with tension and conflict in an under handed, unhelpful and indirect way, without addressing the issue or communicating their feelings to their partner.
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That is to say, you can have passive aggressive behaviors appearing in all parts of married life: daily life, child rearing, financial planning and sexual life.
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