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Can someone describe passive aggressive behavior for me?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Interaction style

Passive/aggressive behavior is a way some react when asked to do something they do not really like but believe they cannot outright refuse to do.
Instead, they have a negative attitude, "forget" to carry out tasks, or make careless mistakes. They often are critical of authority & alternate between outright hostility & contrition. If chronic, it is called passive-aggressive personality disorder.

In brief: Interaction style

Passive/aggressive behavior is a way some react when asked to do something they do not really like but believe they cannot outright refuse to do.
Instead, they have a negative attitude, "forget" to carry out tasks, or make careless mistakes. They often are critical of authority & alternate between outright hostility & contrition. If chronic, it is called passive-aggressive personality disorder.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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