How To Deal With A Toxic Mother & Not Let Passive-Aggressive Comments Affect You, According To Experts

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by Jordan Bissell | July 15, 2019

“Actions speak louder than words,” Dr. Dana Dorfman, PhD, a psychotherapist who specializes in parenting issues and co-hosts the podcast “2 Moms on the Couch,”tells Bustle. “There are many nonverbal and behavioral cues that mom gives to indicate how she’s feeling.” Although “nothing’s wrong” might not seem like an inherently passive-aggressive phrase, if her physical cues don’t match up, it’s probably not harmless. “When a mother behaves in ways that indicate her anger (i.e. withdraws, becomes silent, or sulks) but denies the incongruity between her statement and her behavior, it is passive-aggressive,” Dorfman says.

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