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.

passive-aggressive behavior,

n behavior that reflects hostility or resentment through indirect nonviolent means, such as procrastination, inefficiency, forgetfulness, and stubbornness.
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This reckless driving behaviour can be a form of passive-aggression or thrill-seeking.
If you're an olive You are: Kind and gentle and emotionally tuned-in You like: Helping people and bringing people together You should: Try not to feel put-out when your kindness is not reciprocated or taken advantage of, and avoid passive-aggression or defensiveness.
Dennis shows the poetry becoming more subtle as ir moves from melodrama towards a dignified passive-aggression in meditative lyrics and drama.
Reis and McCoach (2000) presented descriptive findings in a summary of underachievement research, including personality characteristics such as alienation, withdrawal, distrust, pessimism, anxiety, impulsivity, inattention, hyperactivity, distractibility, aggression, hostility, resentment, passive-aggression, a social orientation, and social immaturity.
The research they located on passive-aggressive behavior was dedicated to the study of passive-aggression in adults.
Each level is defined and there are real life passive-aggressive situations from homes and schools that are presented to help the reader understand each level of passive-aggression.
This is not to imply that this passive-aggression does not hurt, and indeed the cricketer Darren Gough threatened to leave Yorkshire so incensed was he that several anonymous correspondents decided that his 'OBE' stood for 'only bowls for England'.
victim feminism, like all forms of passive-aggression, works, so too is

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