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LENGTH: 60 secs
Title: What Does “Passive Aggressive” Mean?
Welcome to Life Change with Christian Psychiatrist Dr. Karl Benzio.
When treating couples, I often hear, “I’ve been called passive-aggressive, what does that mean?” Passive-aggressive refers to a coping style some people develop to indirectly express their anger or negative feelings while not taking responsibility for them. Most people have a hard time handling negative feelings or are afraid to directly express them, so they hold them in. Unfortunately, these feelings are hard to bury, so they leak out. These leakages can include the silent treatment, sarcastic remarks, avoidance, negative body language or attitude, chronic lateness, or repeated forgetfulness. Quite simply, this “sugarcoated hostility,” or the mismatch between what someone says and how they act, is toxic to relationships.
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