A Tip for Dealing with Passive Aggression

Passive aggressiveness is insidious and it has little respect for your thoughts on it. People are often passive aggressive because they don’t have the necessary people skills to work through relational challenges head on (I’ve been guilty of this). Is it your job to teach them the people skills? No. So how can you deal with passive aggressive people. Below are five ways I think you can win over the hurt of passive aggression:

  • Find out what value underlies the aggression (for example, maybe the aggression is present because the person feels things are unfair etc.)

  • Address the person one-on-one instead of in a group setting

  • Have compassion for the “why” of their feelings

  • Don’t apologize for things you didn’t do

  • Create accountability around their behavior

I hope this helps…

Jeff