Your co-worker is angry at you, so he calls in sick the day before your joint presentation and causes you to miss out on a promotion. Your wife is upset with you, but instead of confronting you, she "accidentally" bumps the lawnmower into your car, scratching off the paint.
People with passive-aggressive behavior suppress their aggressive responses and allow their anger come out in more subtle ways.
Because passive-aggressive behavior is not overt, it can be hard to recognize and even harder to stop. Although passive-aggressive responses can temporarily delay a confrontation, this behavior can be very damaging to your relationship. It is crucial to identify passive-aggressive patterns and develop strategies to communicate more effectively.
Are you stuck in a passive-aggressive relationship? Do you struggle to confront people directly and find it easier to passively sabotage their plans?
Whether you are facing a passive-aggressive acquaintance or you struggle with passive-aggressive tendencies yourself, therapy can help you stop passive-aggressive behavior. Therapy can help you communicate more effectively, improving your relationships at work and at home. You can learn how to recognize passive-aggressive behavior and develop strategies to confront issues in a direct and positive manner.
Contact one of our therapists today to learn more about how they can help or to learn more about online therapy.