People who fit this profile have serious difficulty expressing their
feelings, and when confronted with their behavior they will often
sulk, give you the silent treatment, or simply walk away. The first
step in dealing with a Passive Aggressive is to ignore covert
manipulation, and not give in to it.
If you do confront the Passive Aggressive, focus on your
feelings and not on his or her character or behaviors. Because passive
aggressives feel that others are out to get them, focusing on their
character or behavior will bring out passive aggressive traits even
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