Passive Aggressive

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By, Lauren Kolacki

The NYU Medical Center defines a passive-aggressive individual as someone who “may appear to comply or act appropriately, but actually behaves negatively and passively resists.” Chances are we’ve all dealt with, or been, a passive aggressive person once or twice. This is the type of person who claims they aren’t mad when it is very obvious that there is something bothering them. We have compiled a list ph phrases and signs to assist you in recognizing that you might be dealing with a passive aggressive individual.


  1. The silent treatment
  2. Subtle insults
  3. Sullen behavior
  4. Stubbornness
  5. Failure to finish required tasks.


  1. ”I’m not mad.”
  2. “Fine.” “Whatever.”
  3. ”I’m coming!”
  4. “I didn’t know you meant now.”
  5. “You just want everything to be perfect.”
  6. “I thought you knew.”
  7. “Sure, I’d be happy to.”
  8. “You’ve done so well for someone with your education level.”
  9. “I was only joking”
  10. “Why are you getting so upset?”