How to deal with passive-aggressive people

11/10/2017

Whether it's a friend, a colleague or a partner, chances are you've encountered a passive-aggressive person before.

Grazina Fechner, behaviour and communication expert, says passive-aggressive people can be harder to deal with than those who are simply aggressive.

"We really understand the traits of an aggressive person, we just know them. The passive-aggressive ones we don't know because they seem really nice on the outside."

She says passive-aggressive behaviour can manifest itself in many different ways.

"They give you the silent treatment, they give you those backhanded compliments, they procrastinate, they're a bit late, and they think that the world owes them something."

She spoke to The AM Show about how to spot passive-aggressive behaviour and what to do about it.

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