I have a love/hate relationship with all of the useless bits of information from my friends' lives that I can find on Facebook. While I don't always care so much about the heat intensity of an old college friend's coffee, the naughtiness of a a neighbor's pet, or the endless series of alternative facts from our political climate, I do keep trolling on for the occasional gems of daily life...such as this one. 

Recently, a friend posted these photos of her attempt at punishing her son for his aggressive behavior toward his sister...and his passive aggressive response to them both (photos posted with permission):

Signe Whitson
Mom gives 8-year old son a simple writing assignment as a consequence for his aggressive behavior.  He is to write "I will not hit or kick my sister" 15 times on a piece of paper.Source: Signe Whitson
Source: Signe Whitson

Signe Whitson
8-year old son counters in this most passive-aggressive way:  "I will always hit and kick my sister 15 times."
Source: Signe Whitson

This is a must for inclusion in my next Angry Smile training!


Long, J., Long, N., & Whitson, S. (2016).  The Angry Smile: The New Psychological Study of Passive-Aggressive Behavior at Home, At School, in Marriage and Close Relationships, In the Workplace, and Online.  Hagerstown, MD: The LSCI Institute

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