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To be passive-aggressive means that you act in a manner that is mild to moderately aggressive, yet in a passive way. Someone who is passive-aggressive may come across as all wonderful on the surface, but underneath there's some harder tendencies going on.
You may not be able to put your finger on it, but you just know something is going on under the surface.
It will be helpful to your relationships to know if you’re dealing with a passive-aggressive person.
1. Saying Yes When You Mean No.
A very common passive-aggressive tactic, especially in relationships, is saying “yes” when you actually mean “no”.
2. Giving the Silent Treatment.
Passive-aggressive people tend to give the silent treatment when things do not go their way or they are upset about something.
Have you ever asked your partner if they were all right and the answer was “I'm fine,” yet you knew by the tone of their voice that they were not really fine?
4. Using Delay Tactics.
Let's say that you and your partner have discussed the responsibility of certain chores around the house.
5. Playing a Helpless Role.
A common characteristic in is when someone continually says, “I can't” when asked to do something.
6. Using Sarcasm.
A passive-aggressive person will use sarcasm to try to keep the upper hand on you.
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