Cultural Watch

Avoid these 5 passive-aggressive phrases that ‘irritate’ people the most, says speech expert

(CNBC) John Bowe, December 18, 2022

Passive-aggressive behavior isn’t always intentional. As a speech and communications expert, I’ve found that people who have these tendencies often just struggle with being honest about their emotions.

But when you send mixed messages by failing to be straightforward, problems and tensions can go unresolved and people make assumptions about how you feel. They may even lose respect for you.

The most successful communicators get to the point and avoid these phrases that only serve to irritate the listener:

Source: CNBC