Labeling individuals who participate in subtle manipulation tactics as “passive aggressive” is basically sugarcoating the reality that they are covertly aggressive people. Those who are covertly aggressive often avoid giving direct answers to certain questions, and they often act as though they are confused or innocent in order to scheme their way out of things. It is important to deal with covert aggression in an assertive manner, and to refrain from accepting any excuses for their subtly aggressive behavior.
- Passive aggressive individuals often use subtle manipulation tactics to get what they want.
- Covert aggression displays itself through avoiding direct answers to questions.
- Covertly aggressive people also try to act confused or innocent when they are confronted.
“To all aggressives, life is a competition ? and they despise losing. But the covert aggressive is in some ways the most dangerous type because they don?t look aggressive. The teddy bear has claws.”