Since the big talk about citizen liberties started in the western society, somewhere in the 20th century, the aggression paradigms seem to have shifted in the civilized world from active, physical violence to more subtle, but more insidious, forms of passive aggression.
Passive aggression is defined as an indirect, often verbal form of aggressive behavior that is meant to emotionally threaten the victim and destabilize it.
In other words, passive-aggressive people employ all sorts of manners such as emotional blackmail, sarcasm, cynicism to outright slander in order to hurt their victims.
The hurt caused is often the result of the assailant's behavior which implies that the victim is inferior in some way.
Passive aggression implies that its victim is either stupid, ugly, incompetent, maladapted or misfit in any general sense of the word.
Victims of passive aggression are, amongst other things, manipulated and harassed psychologically which may result in physical maladies as well as in long term psychological damage.
WHERE DOES IT HAPPEN
Passive aggression can take place anywhere where two or more (human) beings are involved in any form of correspondence and communication. It can happen in families, schools and unfortunately your office.
Actually, the offices and workplaces are probably one of the most insidious places to harbor passive-aggressive behavior.
It's not just because you spend most of your daily time at work, but because work affects all other aspects of your life.
Being a victim of passive-aggressive behavior of your colleagues, not to mention your boss, is a sure way, not only to have your career stunted but to absorb and multiply all that anger and bring it home where it is passed on to ruin the lives of the people you love.
While the most sensitive people to suffer from passive aggression are the little people or the younglings, it's not easy for adults either.
Especially if your boss ...read more