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Passive-aggressive personality disorder

  • Definition

    Passive-aggressive personality disorder is a long-term (chronic) condition in which a person seems to actively comply with the desires and needs of others, but actually passively resists them. In the process, the person becomes increasingly hostile and angry.

    Psychiatrists no longer recognize this condition as an official diagnosis. However, the symptoms are problematic to many people and may be helped by professional attention.


    Alternative Names

    Personality disorder - passive-aggressive


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    The causes are unknown, but a combination of genetic and environmental factors are probably responsible.