‘Passive aggressive’ is a term we hear often, but do we know what it really means? Commonly given to people who are being particularly stubborn or difficult, passive aggressive behaviour is often (though not always) intentional, and can be very upsetting and hard to deal with.
The behaviour takes many forms, but is generally described as a non-verbal aggression expressed through negative behaviour. For example, sulking or not talking to someone when irritated by a situation, instead of discussing it and admitting you’re upset.
Examples of passive aggressive behaviour include:
- Making excuses or being deliberately late to meetings.
- Blaming others instead of taking responsibility.
- Avoiding talking about the situation, despite there being an obvious issue to discuss.
- Procrastinating and intentionally putting off tasks for less important things.
- Sulking and being...