Having honest conversations with those around you can result in quicker resolution of conflicts. If the people you have conflicts with are being passive-aggressive, try using honesty to disarm their behaviour and focus the conversation on the real issue.
When you open up the discussion, you stop the problem from growing. Being direct brings the talk back to what is really bothering the other person and how you can address those concerns. Mallory Cara, writing on the Trulia blog, gives an example:
But experts say there are plenty of ways to clearly tell your roommate to do his or her dishes, keep the volume down, and, in my case, mention you’d like to watch TV.
Instead of storming off to my room and cueing up Hulu to watch Olivia Pope’s latest adventure, experts say, I should have opened up communication immediately by saying, “Are you saying my TV shows aren’t your type and you’d like to watch something else?”
For more tips on dealing with passive-aggressive people, check out the full post linked below.