passive-aggressive


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passive-aggressive

(păs′ĭv-ə-grĕs′ĭv)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characterized by habitual passive resistance to requirements for performance in occupational or social situations, as by procrastination, stubbornness, sullenness, or inefficiency.
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Passive-Aggressive behavior can range from always being late to meetings, making and then breaking promises, saying, "I was just joking," after sending out a barbed missile-like message intended to stop others dead in their tracks.
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This guide examines passive-aggressive behavior and presents a six- step process for dealing with it in children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings.
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Whatever the solution--whether it s association health plans or a single-payer system--almost every proposal to alleviate the burden on employers has been met with the usual passive-aggressive response from lawmakers.
Successful leaders know that conflict is the most efficient way for a group to come to a decision and that it helps to avoid passive-aggressive behavior on the part of those who "lost.
The passive-aggressive one her father has perfected?
And our friends called us passive-aggressive like a married couple
Passive, aggressive, and passive-aggressive dynamics may be a systemic problem associated with communication failure, nursing retention, patient satisfaction and other issues.
In an unusual twist, frontline staff members at my friend's facility held a passive-aggressive power over the rest of the staff with their subtle sabotage of projects.

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