What does it mean when a person is considered passive aggresive?
#74618. Asked by star_gazer. (Jan 16 07 9:33 PM)
Passive-aggressive behaviour refers to passive, sometimes obstructionist resistance to authoritative instructions in interpersonal or occupational situations. It can manifest itself as resentment, stubbornness, procrastination, sullenness, or intentional failure at doing requested tasks. For example, people who are passive-aggressive might take so long to get ready for a party they do not wish to attend that the party is nearly over by the time they arrive.|
Passive-aggressive personality disorder (also called negativistic personality disorder) is a controversial personality disorder said to be marked by a pervasive pattern of negative attitudes and passive resistance in interpersonal or occupational situations.
There are certain behaviors that help identify passive-aggressive behavior. 
Avoiding responsibility by claiming forgetfulness
Chronic lateness and forgetfulness
Does not express hostility or anger openly
Fear of competition
Fear of dependency
Fear of intimacy
Making excuses and lying
Resists suggestions from others
A passive-aggressive may not have all of these behaviours, and may have other non-passive-aggressive traits.
Quote: "...once you delve into the history of the term, you realize that--at least in the eyes of its critics--it's mostly useful as a high-flown way to call someone a pain in the ass."|
Now that's a clear explanation zbeck!|
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