Are You Guilty Of This Ugly Behavior?

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
By Natasha Burton

We've all come across passive-aggressive behavior at some point — from the friend who compliments your “starter home” to the co-worker who checks his phone while you’re talking. But, while it's easy to spot when it's happening to us, it's not always easy to know when we're doing it.

Being passive-aggressive doesn't mean you're a bad person. Often it’s "a strategy we use when we think we don't deserve to speak our minds or we're afraid to be honest and open," says psychotherapist Tina Gilbertson, LPC, author of Constructive Wallowing: How to Beat Bad Feelings.

Are you being passive-aggressive…but have no idea? Here are eight common signs.

Related: How To Be More Decisive