Aggressive Behavior

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Aggressive Behavior
Definition

  • Needs and wants are taken care of in a forceful and self-serving way.

 
Characteristics

  • Self-serving
  • Demanding
  • Dogmatic
  • Competitive
  • Pushy
  • Uses intimidation, power, and status
  • Insensitive
  • Strong need to control and dominate others
  • Fears rejection
  • Impatient
  • Temperamental

 
Major Consequences

  • May accomplish personal desire and goals.
  • Tends to alienate people, create distrust and tension, and undermine the ability to establish lasting and healthy relationships.

 
 
Manipulative or Passive-Aggressive Behavior
Definition

  • Needs and wants are taken care of in an indirect, cunning, deceptive, and crafty way with ulterior motives in mind.

 
Characteristics

  • Game player (using pouting, looking hurt, silence, dropping hints, flirting, giving or withholding attention or caring, and other indirect methods to manipulate people)
  • Uses double messages (say one thing and mean another)
  • Hides real feelings and intentions
  • Inward feelings and outward expressions often incongruent
  • Rebellious
  • Gets defensive and angry when caught manipulating
  • Strong need for approval and attention
  • Insecure but wears façade
  • Distrusts others

 
Major Consequences

  • May be successful in manipulating others in indirect ways.
  • Undermines credibility and trust .
  • Causes them to lose touch with real self and real feelings.