passive-aggressive personality disorder(redirected from negativistic personality disorder)
passive-aggressive personality disorder
a personality disorder whose essential features are resistance to the demands of others that is expressed indirectly under the cover of obstructionism, procrastination, stubbornness, dawdling, forgetfulness, and intentional inefficiency combined with negative, defeatist attitudes. The behavior pattern persists even when more effective behavior is possible. Such people are manipulative and attempt to make themselves dependent on others; they are often pessimistic and resentful but do not realize that their ineffective behavior is the source of their problems. Called also negativistic personality disorder.
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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passive-aggressive personality disorderPsychiatry A personality disorder in which the Pt expresses personal conflicts through retroflexed anger in as covert obstructionism, procrastination, stubbornness, inefficiency; ±1% of the population exhibits passive-aggressive or passive-dependent behavior Defenses Turning against oneself–a form of sado-masochism, denial, rationalization, hypochondriasis Prognosis Poor. Cf 'Anal-retentive. '.
Passive-aggressive personality disorder-diagnostic criteria
A A pervasive pattern of negativistic attitudes and passive resistance to demands for adequate performance, beginning by early adulthood and present in various contexts, indicated by at least four of the following
1. Passive resistance to routine social or occupational obligations
2. Complains of being misunderstood or underappreciated
3. Complains of personal misfortune
4. Sullenness or belligerance (argumentative)
5. Highly critical of authority
6. Resents or is envious of those perceived as being more fortunate
7. Alternates between hostile defiance and contrition
B Not accounted for by dysthymic disorder or occurs exclusively during major depressive episodes
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