9 Things Only Passive-Aggressive People Do
While an occasional passive-aggressive approach to life’s problems isn’t unusual, manipulation and indirect communication are a way of life for some people. Passive-aggressive people often go undetected in the office and in their social circles, because they disguise their seething hostility with a pleasant demeanor.
Here are nine things that only passive-aggressive person will do:
Deliberately “Forget” to Do Things
Passive-aggressive people prefer to be viewed as “absentminded” rather than disagreeable. Instead of declining to work on a project, a passive-aggressive co-worker may claim he forgot about the deadline. Or a passive-aggressive friend may say she forgot to make reservations for the restaurant you’d been talking about because she didn’t actually want to go.
- Say Yes When They Have No Intention of Following Through
In an effort to look like people-pleasers, passive-aggressive people rarely say no. They may ignore an invitation altogether only to claim later that they never received i. To escape their obligations, they may then cancel plans at the last minute by feigning an illness or emergency.
- Are Backstabbers
They’re likely to complain to everyone except the person they’re complaining about. Their indirect approach hurts relationships and does nothing to solve problems.
- Are Inefficient on Purpose
They are stubborn, when they don’t want to do something, they often become as inefficient as possible to avoid getting the job done.
- Fake Smile
Passive-aggressive people don’t express their anger or displeasure in an open manner. Many of them have years of resentment and bitterness built up, often lurking just beneath a phony smile
- Are Revenge Seekers
Hidden beneath their outwardly agreeable personas is a desire to punish those who have hurt them. Passive-aggressive people often go to great lengths to retaliate against individuals they believe have taken advantage of them.
- Act Helpless
Passive-aggressive people don’t believe they have much control over the events in their lives. Rather than take steps to solve problems, they convince themselves that there’s no use trying
- Avoid Confrontation
Even when they’re deeply offended, passive-aggressive people avoid direct confrontation. Sometimes, they offer incongruent communication.
- Manipulate People
Passive-aggressive people struggle to ask for what they want, and resort to manipulative tactics to get their needs met