How to Handle Toxic & Passive-Aggressive Emails

Angelica Perez-Litwin

Psychology Today defines passive-aggression as “a deliberate and masked way of expressing covert feelings of anger.” While it is certainly demonstrated through actions, it is perhaps nowhere more evident than in the words a person chooses to use when interfacing with another.  Angelica Perez-Litwin, PhD, a clinical psychologist practitioner, and founder of New Latina, says that “At the core, [passive-aggressive individuals] are angry and upset, but are unable to express how they feel to you because they are afraid of consequences.” Take the email example above as an example.