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Understanding passive aggressive behavior in families, schools, and workplaces

Hidden but Conscious Revenge

Sarah Palin defines passive aggressive style

Did you see the news headline this morning about Sarah Palin's vacation-wear? Apparently, she was filmed by the paparazzi wearing a sun visor with her former Presidential running mate's name blacked out! As if her book, Going Rogue, had not spurned enough of her political foes in a backhanded way, now she's blacking out McCain's name with a Sharpie, for all of the world's cameras to see! This is classic passive aggressive revenge, accompanied by all of the hallmark excuses that justify, rationalize, and excuse her behavior. Here's her statement:

"I am so sorry if people took this silly incident the wrong way. I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his reelection. As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him. And Todd and I were with him in D.C. just a week ago. So much for trying to be incognito."

"Incognito?" Seriously? That's the best excuse she can come up with? It's almost like she's not even trying to cover up her resentment... She and Tiger Woods have got to know that they will be filmed everywhere they go! There is no "incognito" if she keeps making public moves like this one!

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This Blog is made to laugh about the hilariously conniving lengths that people are willing to go to to express their hidden anger; when I saw the news this morning, I knew it couldn't get more funny--or more passive aggressive--than Palin's searing political statement!

Signe Whitson is a licensed social worker and co-author of The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools, and Workplaces, 2nd ed.

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