Can anyone tell me what the pop psychology phrase “passive-aggressive” means? I see it everywhere, but everyone seems to assume that everyone knows what it means, so they don’t bother trying to explain it. I’ve tried to figure it out from context, but I don’t think I’m getting it. The closest I can come is, person A wants to get person B to do something. Person B doesn’t do it. Person A accuses them of being passive-aggressive. Apparently that’s supposed to settle things.
Oh, and I think it’s supposed to be an insult.
So, am I close? What does passive-aggressive mean?