Many people may suffer from being passive-aggressive but there also a number of possible of causes that may cause you to act the way you act. One possible cause is when one is verbally hostile and is constantly insulting other people. Also, when people are giving the silent treatment they are being passive-aggressive.
- Passive-aggressive behavior often arises when an individual feels powerless and lacks a strong voice in a challenging environment.
- The silent treatment. The invisible treatment. Social exclusion. Neglect. Backstabbing. Two faced. Mixed messages.
- Stonewalling. Withholding resources or information. Professional exclusion. Denying personal responsibility.
“The perceived payoffs for the passive-aggressive are greater power, control, and negative emotional satisfaction.”