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passive aggressive vs aggressives
October 31, 1999
10:27 am
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Interested in information on the interactions between these two types of defense mechanisms.

November 1, 1999
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Hallo shoeshinerae,

The concept of passive aggression sounds at first like a contradiction in itself.
But I have also experienced behavior that looks passive but leaves you feeling like you just got knocked over. Should there really be a name for that?

For me aggression is something I prefere to this nameless (passive agression?), because i can easily react to aggression by being angry, by fighting back and so on. Aggression is not nice but better than that.

Also interested to learn more
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November 1, 1999
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Hi,

Passive-Aggresssive personality disorder was listed in past DSMs (until the DSM-IV) as a category of personality disorder marked by a pattern of negative attitudes and resistance to the demands of others. It's no longer considered a personality disorder per se, but it is a characteristic of certain defense mechanisms. Sort of like a whiny child who is unhappy but also unwilling to listen to anyone who might want to help them.

Aggressives are simply defensive to all demands. They have a negative attitude and are very overt about expressing that negativity, whereas passive-aggressives often disguise their feelings from others and don't actively express their feelings even when provoked.

That's what I got from my first psych class 2 years ago, any way. Hope that helped!

November 1, 1999
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And passive agressives express their aggressiveness in other ways - like not showing up when expected, like keeping secrets, etc. - just as destructive

November 1, 1999
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or my personal favorite...looking at you while you talk but not really listening and then saying, "oh, I'm sorry, can you repeat that"?

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