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Let’s take a closer look at passive-aggressive and how to identify it.

Passive Aggressive behaviour is:

  • Indirect and dishonest expression of your feelings, opinions and needs
  • Involves an avoidance pattern of behaviour; avoiding saying what you do or do not want
  • Manipulating other people to get your own way
  • Procrastinating, finding excuses for delays or ‘forget’ about what you were asked to do.
  • Suppress feelings and use non-verbal ways of expressing them, i.e. silent treatment

Use the tabs below to learn more about Passive Aggressive Behaviour. If you are viewing on a mobile device, the tabs will be stacked on top of one another.

  • I’m Not OK, You’re Not OK
  • Negative
  • Stubborn
  • Sulky
  • Suspicious, disrespectful
  • Pessimistic
  • Blaming
  • Easily offended
  • Envious
  • Resentful
  • Destructive
  • Manipulative
  • Self-centred
  • Selfish
  • Blaming
  • Underhand
  • Sabotaging
  • Intentionally inefficient
  • Procrastinating
  • Forgets obligations
  • Avoids responsibility
  • Makes excuses and lies
  • Dismissive
  • Critical
  • Sarcastic
  • Moaning
  • Complaining
  • Now what have I done wrong
  • It’s not fair
  • This will never work
  • Can’t
  • I haven’t done it yet
  • I’m just saying
  • Is it just me or…
  • No offence, but…
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Frowning
  • False smiling
  • Fiddling
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