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Passive-aggressive personality disorder is a chronic condition in which a person accepts the desires and needs of others, but actually passively resists them, becoming increasingly hostile and angry.

Passive-aggressive personality disorder is a chronic condition in which a person accepts the desires and needs of others but passively resists them, becoming increasingly hostile and angry.

This affects almost all interpersonal or occupational situations. It is a method of dealing with stress or frustration, but it results in the person attacking other people in indirect ways. This disorder can manifest itself as resentment, stubbornness, procrastination, sullenness, or intentional failure at doing requested tasks. Though modern psychiatry no longer recognizes this condition as an official diagnosis [1], many of us have encountered it in person.
 
This behavior creates many problems in a person's work and social life. Unfortunately, passive-aggressive personality disorder lasts for life, and the patient needs frequent monitoring by a healthcare professional. There are no established risk factors for passive-aggressive personality disorder, but genetics may play a role.

Symptoms and Signs of Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder

People diagnosed with this disorder present responsibility passively rather than by open expression of their feelings. In most cases, procrastination, inefficiency, and forgetfulness are behaviors commonly used to avoid doing what they need to do.
A person with this disorder may appear to comply with another's wishes. However, the requested action is either performed too late or carried out in a way that is useless. [2]
 
Certain behaviors help identify passive-aggressive behavior.

  • Obstructionism
  • Procrastination
  • Resentment
  • Resisting suggestions from others
  • Sullenness
  • Ambiguity
  • Avoiding responsibility by claiming forgetfulness
  • Blaming others
  • Chronic lateness and forgetfulness
  • Complaining
  • Not expressing hostility or anger openly
  • Fear of competition
  • Making excuses and lying
  • Fear of dependency
  • Fear of intimacy
  • Fear of authority
  • Fostering chaos
  • Intentional inefficiency
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