About the Book

Overcoming Passive-Aggression

Overcoming Passive-Aggression

How to Stop Hidden Anger from Spoiling Your Relationships, Career and Happiness
October 2005
Trade Paperback · 256 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · $17.00 CAN · £9.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781569243619
Da Capo Press


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In Overcoming Passive-Aggression, Dr. Tim Murphy and Loriann Hoff Oberlin provide an in-depth look at a topic we've all faced but haven't always recognized: Hidden anger. When people don't express their views and feel compelled to conceal their true beliefs and emotions, behaving in ways that don't match what they honestly think, there can be serious physical and psychological results for everyone involved. For the first time, Murphy and Oberlin offer a clear definition of passive-aggression and show readers not only how to end the behavior, but also how to avoid falling victim to other people's hidden anger. In clear, compassionate language, they cover everything from the childhood origins of the condition to the devastating effect it has on work and personal relationships to the latest research on the subject, and offer practical, proven strategies for the angry person as well as the individual who finds himself the target of someone else's passive-aggression.

About the Authors

Dr. Tim Murphy is a U.S. Congressman and a psychologist in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. He has been featured in many publications, including Parenting and Redbook magazines and USA Today, and radio and television shows such as MSNBC and the CBS Early Show. A frequent lecturer among constituents, schools, parent groups, and employee programs for Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Murphy lives with his family outside Pittsburgh.

Loriann Hoff Oberlin is an accomplished writer who contributes to major magazines, regional publications, and metropolitan newspapers across the country. Oberlin, who lives with her family in suburban Maryland, is currently pursuing her graduate degree in clinical counseling at Johns Hopkins University.