For this discussion, I must say that at times, I'm a bit passive-aggressive. I'm not really proud of that fact.
I've also been reading a book lately that talks about "leadership" as it relates to Machiavelli (The Prince) and Sun Tzu (The Art of War), and how to use those "philosophies" in a leadership capacity. I disagree with several of the assertions and tenets of the author, but I understand where he's coming from.
This is a multi-faceted post. Machiavelli and Sun Tzu had some overlapping philosophies. Passive-aggression runs counter to a few of them.
So if you had someone who "practiced" Machiavelli's/Sun Tzu's philosophies, could they be thwarted by someone who is passive-aggressive?
I know and realize that, in general, none of these practices are "good".
But I've been reading about them, and I'd like to get the take of the members of this forum.
As I said, I've engaged in passive aggressive activity. I know it's not good, but I've done it at home, and I've even done it in the workplace (though not as often). And again, I'm not really proud of it.
But as I've gotten older (I turned 40 last year) I've become a bit more of a student of human psychology and the psyche, and how those can be used/are used within the construct of interpersonal interactions.
There's a book I've been considering buying called "The Dark Triad", but then I wondered what it said about me that I even thought about buying a book like that.