Passive-aggressive behavior is a pattern of indirectly expressing negative feelings instead of openly addressing them. A disconnect exists between what a passive-aggressive person says and what he or she does. For example, a passive-aggressive person might appear to agree, perhaps even enthusiastically, with another person's request. Rather than complying with the request; however, he or she might express anger or resentment by failing to follow through or missing deadlines. Passive-aggressive behavior can interfere with relationships and cause difficulties on the job. If you are struggling with passive-aggressive behavior, or you have a loved one who is, help is available from a new book: 8 KEYS TO ELIMINATING PASSIVE-AGRESSIVENESS.
The author, Andrea Brandt, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in anger management. She offers eight strategic steps to help individuals break free from the limitations placed on their emotional health and happiness. Her book is filled with examples of individuals struggling with the problem. Thus, individuals with passive-aggressiveness will see themselves in a number of the examples. Dr. Brandt uses an “emotionally mindful” approach to empower people to eradicate negative emotion from their lives and relationships. Advice is presented for all participants in passive-aggressive relationships include spouses or romantic partners, friends, co-workers, bosses, employees, parents, adult children, or siblings.
The eight keys, which are discussed in depth in the book are:
- Recognize Your Hidden anger
- Reconnect Your Emotions to Your Thoughts
- Listen to Your Body
- Set Healthy Boundaries
- Communicate Assertively
- Reframe Conflict
- Interact Using Mindfulness
- Disable the Enabler
Santa Monica, California resident Andrea Brandt has more than three decades of experience working with individuals, couples, groups, and children. For more information, click on this link. The book may be purchased there or on Amazon.com.