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Can someone explain and give examples of passive-aggressive behavior?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Passive-aggressive
This is a pattern of indirectly expressing -- rather than directly addressing -- negative emotions such as anger.
The person might overtly agree to a task, but then miss deadlines, show up late to meetings, not answer phone calls, etc. Making excuses, procrastinating, sullen attitude, and complaining about feeling unappreciated can be other signs. This can be very problematic in organizations.

In brief: Passive-aggressive
This is a pattern of indirectly expressing -- rather than directly addressing -- negative emotions such as anger.
The person might overtly agree to a task, but then miss deadlines, show up late to meetings, not answer phone calls, etc. Making excuses, procrastinating, sullen attitude, and complaining about feeling unappreciated can be other signs. This can be very problematic in organizations.
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