avoid direct conflict. When confronted for the anger, they deny responsibility but already achieved their aim which is to leave you in confusion.
Loriann Oberlin, MS, coauthor of Overcoming Passive-Aggression also added that, “A passive-aggressive person is basically angry, but he or she is expressing anger in indirect ways”
In her remark, Monica A. Frank, Ph.D., explains some of the ways passive-aggressive people do criticize:
“Oh, I hear you’ve managed to pull off another miracle.” The problem with these kinds of comments is that if you try to confront them about the insult, you will be accused of not understanding, “I didn’t mean it that way” or of misinterpreting, “You must have a problem to think that. I was just trying to compliment you. Sorry I didn’t word it right to suit you.”
So, How do you deal with Passive-Aggressive People?
The following tips will help you interact with passive-aggressive people and never to let them tarnish your image.
Examine their Motive.
The very first approach in dealing with passive-aggressive people is to take time in examining their motive, study the phenomenon and their repeated utterances. You have to do this early enough in order not to fall for them permanently. Do they do this to make you feel bad only or to gain themselves some points? Wetzler projected that: “Once you recognize it’s a sign of hostility, it emboldens you to deal with it.”