Is there a Passive-Aggressive Person in Your Life? March 1, 2017 By Signe Whitson Do you live or work with someone who chronically procrastinates, purposely carries out tasks at a sub-standard level, or lets problems happen even when they could easily prevent them? Do you know a student, co-worker, boss, friend, or even loved one who sulks when they are angry, withdraws from discussions, and shuts down any hostile conversation with words like “Fine” and “Whatever?” Chances are good you may be dealing with passive-aggressive behavior. In The Angry Smile, we define passive aggression as a deliberate but hidden way of expressing feelings of anger. This “sugarcoated hostility” can be extremely frustrating in the short term and seriously damaging to relationships and workplace productivity over time. To learn more about how to understand this behavior and more effectively respond to it, please check out our online course and our all-new resource, The Angry Smile: The New Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior at Home, at School, in Marriage and Close Relationships, in the Workplace, and Online.