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10 Signs of Passive-Aggressive Relationship

We can all say we have that one friend who is a little passive aggressive. A passive aggressive person is someone who appears to act appropriately, but actually acts negatively. A passive aggressive relationship can happen with family, friends or a romantic partner. Preston Ni M.S.B.A., a contributor writer for Psychology Today has a list of 10 signs of a passive aggressive relationship:

  1. Disguised verbal hostility 
  2. Disguised hostile humor 
  3. Disguised relational hostility 
  4. Disguised psychological manipulation 
  5. Guilt-baiting 
  6. Stalling
  7. Resistance 
  8. Underhanded sabotage
  9. Self-punishment 
  10. Victimhood 

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