passive-aggressive personality disorder

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A personality disorder (not included in the DSM-IV classification) characterized by a pervasive pattern of negativism (1), with passive resistance, complaints of being misunderstood, sullenness and argumentativeness, unreasonable scorn for authority, envy and resentment, alternation between hostile defiance and contrition, and general discontentment. People with the disorder tend to obtain high scores on measures of assertiveness and low scores on measures of warmth. Also called negativistic personality disorder. See also little thirty.

Subjects: Psychology.

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