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What does it mean to have passive/aggressive behavior?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: An interaction style

Passive/aggressive behavior is a way some deal with others when asked to do something they do not really like but believe they cannot outright refuse to do.
Instead, they have a negative attitude and "forget" to carry our tasks while being critical of authority and alternating between outright hostility and contrition. If chronic, it is called passive-aggressive personality disorder.

In brief: An interaction style

Passive/aggressive behavior is a way some deal with others when asked to do something they do not really like but believe they cannot outright refuse to do.
Instead, they have a negative attitude and "forget" to carry our tasks while being critical of authority and alternating between outright hostility and contrition. If chronic, it is called passive-aggressive personality disorder.
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