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Today, we are talking about passive aggression.
Passive aggression is covert aggression. It is a form of hostility people carry inside themselves that they express indirectly to make a point. We tend to use it when we are not being honest and authentic to express our anger, frustration, or resentment in a roundabout way.
When someone uses passive aggression, they are not expressing what they truly feel. It can be toxic if they use it as their main relational style. That may be hard and sometimes confusing for the person on the receiving end.
Passive aggression is a dysfunctional way of dealing with anger. In this episode, Gemma and Justine unpack the details of passive-aggressive behavior and examine it from a schema perspective. Stay tuned to learn all you need to know about passive aggression and find out what to do if you struggle with it in your relationships.
- Gemma and Justine explain what passive aggression is.
- Why do people behave passive-aggressively?
- A lot of avoidance is tied to passive aggression. Gemma explains how that differs from other forms of avoidance.
- Passive aggression is a dysfunctional way of communicating anger. Justine and Gemma share some examples of what that might look like.
- Passive aggression can sometimes be a covert bid for power or an attempt to get back at someone.
- An example of how passive aggression could get used as a toxic expression of disapproval.
- How can backhanded compliments, sarcasm, or gossiping be used passive-aggressively?
- Chronic patterns of passive aggression can be hard to deal with in romantic relationships.
- How does a passive-aggressive person typically behave?
- What kind of schemas could someone with a lot of passive aggression have?
- Justine and Gemma discuss various entry points to treating schemas and share tips for overcoming passive-aggressive behavior.