Passive Aggressive Behavior- What Is It?

Ever interact with someone who is passive aggressive? You might walk away from an interaction with them feeling emotionally bruised and confused about why.
Passive aggressive behaviors are a form abuse....they just don't look like it! The person isn't actually hitting you to control or threaten you, but they are manipulative in a way that still hurts and controls you. You may walk away feeling upset and confused, but then second guess yourself and your feelings because it might "seem" like everything was fine.
 When a person isn't able to express their emotions in a healthy way, the emotions tend to bubble out in unhealthy ways. When people have underlying resentment, pain, anger etc., they will often let passive aggressive behaviors slip out. They might say a sarcastic jab, blame everyone, severely withdraw, become a victim, or procrastinate.
This week we will dig into more detail about these unhealthy passive aggressive behaviors in order for you to be on the look out. Being in a relationship with a passive aggressive person can be difficult and make you feel crazy. As you read this week, you will learn about ways to deal with a passive aggressive person.
Check in tomorrow for more!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.