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3 Ways to Treat Passive Aggressive Behavior

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3 Ways to Treat Passive Aggressive Behavior
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It's normal to feel resentful or uncooperative at times, especially if you've been talked into something that you don't necessarily want to do. Passive aggression, however, is a way of life for many people. By harboring resentment and fear, these individuals often avoid responsibility completely. Individuals who are passive aggressive usually agree to cooperate and then provide constant excuses not to follow through on promises or agreements. In many cases, the intention is to sabotage a project or task, or to undermine authority.

Passive aggression becomes a genuine problem when it interferes with normal daily activities and jeopardizes personal relationships. While people with passive aggressive tendencies see these behaviors as a way to avoid responsibility and express anger or resentment in a non-confrontational way, they are often surprised when they are no longer trusted or even liked. That's when it's time to seek treatment or counseling.

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