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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There are usually two responses: aggressiveness or passive-aggressiveness.
It was really a whole new level of passive-aggressiveness," she said.
Then she would create an environment of passive-aggressiveness so intense that Adam and I would have no choice but to sneak out in the dark of night, steal her third of the Emmy, go to Home Depot, buy some glue and reattach the separate parts and present the whole Emmy to Rachel in a cloud of guilt.
In recent years, this passive-aggressiveness about the British Empire -- a venture with often benign motives and agents but blighted by violence, racism and exploitation -- has gone mainstream among a section of British right-wingers.
In recent years, this passive-aggressiveness about the British Empire - a venture with often benign motives and agents but blighted by violence, racism and exploitation - has gone mainstream among a section of British right-wingers.
Most of us have been overexposed to distorted forms of anger where self-righteous blame, passive-aggressiveness, vengeance, or shaming rage are the norm.
Although only for another five weeks, as AMC, with their patented passive-aggressiveness, have chosen to break the final season up into two parts with probably about a decade in people-years between them.
Brandt, a psychotherapist and anger management specialist, identifies eight keys to help general readers eliminate passive-aggressiveness in their relationships with partners, friends, colleagues, bosses, children, and others: recognize hidden anger, reconnect emotions to thoughts, listen to the body, set healthy boundaries, communicate assertively, reframe conflict, interact using mindfulness, and disable the enabler.
26 ( ANI ): Negativity usurps gossiping, laziness and passive-aggressiveness as the most detrimental trait that a co-worker is capable of exhibiting, according to a study.
That often hinders decision-making and creates a lot of passive-aggressiveness between teams that should be cooperating.
They've tested the limits of passive-aggressiveness and faux courtesy more than once.
The first part of the book discusses in detail the negative progression of power--control leads to forms of anger, such as resentment, passive-aggressiveness and the desire for revenge, which lead to conflict, physical violence, war and eventually to indifference, the final "negative" point on the chart.

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