Passive Aggressive. It’s a label we throw around for a direct report, peer or boss who seems to work against us in a maddening way.
Listen to my interview with Dr. Herbert Rappaport, PhD to hear about:
- A diagnosis embedded in relationship, one he describes as “indirect aggression” and not currently an official, clinical diagnosis.
- The role of intentionality, with about 50% of passive-aggressive people unconscious in their interaction.
- Four common behavior patterns that you might experience in your relationship: Forgetfulness, Withholding, Obstruction, and Sarcasm.
- How a person develops this personality trait in their family of origin.
- Five strategies you can use for greater success with the common “Who me?” victimization. Get ready for a new way to interact that Dr. Rappaport calls “benign perplexity.”
- Be Very Specific.
- Be “Dependent.”
- Manage Your Own Frustration.
- And, finally (but not with bosses), the Knock-It-Off strategy.
Enjoy the recording. I hope you find it as enlightening as I did. Let me know what struck you! Or, ask a question below. Find out more about Dr. Herb Rappaport here.