73: Passive Aggressive Behavior & How to Combat It

Subscribe to the Podcast!

Passive-aggressive behavior is one of the tools that manipulators use. When you know how to shut it down, the manipulator’s tactics are rendered useless. 

This episode kicks off a series on “opposer strategies’ these are strategies that combative, people use when communicating. Bullies use these manipulative strategies, people who want to control and manipulate use these opposer strategies and dysfunctional people use these strategies. 

Dysfunctional people often use passive-aggressive behavior unconsciously. 89% of people were raised in what is considered a dysfunction home. Which means even if you were not, you work with, live with and will be around someone who is considered dysfunctional in some way.

So arm yourself with these three simple tools to combat passive-aggressive behavior.

What you’ll hear in this podcast:

  • The three most effective tools you can employ
  • What is a ‘opposer strategy’
  • How Fear & Anger play into passive-aggressive behavior
  • Knowledge is Power
  • How personal development plays in
  • How the use of appropriate humor can help
  • Why naming the behavior is difficult
  • How questions factor in 


Work with Lara

Apply for an On-air Coaching Call!

Free Breakthrough Assessment

Got a Question? Comments? Email Lara

Corporate Trainings


10 Tips for Dealing with Conflict

Business Among Mom’s

Difficult Happens; How Triggers Boundaries & Emotions Impact You Every Day

Difficult Happens Podcast Page

Show Intro music is Whispering Through by Asura


Get my 10 best tips on how to deal with people & sticky situations!

Get tons of tips on dealing with difficult people, having tough conversations, and navigating conflict.

  • Take the guesswork out of how to respond to rude, manipulative or just plain dysfunctional people

  • Take control of the situation so that you don’t get caught up reacting instead of responding

  • Know what to say - when you don’t know what to say