Human aggression is most often manifested in the unscrupulous and undisciplined will to power.
By nature aggression that is covertly expressed is hard to detect, especially when you don’t know what to look for.
In sound cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), the focus is always on behavior and in the here-and-now.
When disturbed characters make excuses, they’re really making a very conscious attempt to cast themselves in a more favorable light while manipulating others into seeing their point of view.
Shrewd manipulators not only combine tactics sometimes but also have an arsenal of techniques that is virtually endless.
Character-impaired individuals do their best to shift responsibility elsewhere. Your job is to keep the ball of responsibility solidly in their court.
Both of my books point out that when it comes to covert-aggressive personalities or any other disturbed character, “they already see, they just disagree.”
Manipulators and other disturbed characters sometimes like to openly threaten or brow-beat someone else into giving-up or giving-in to their demands. They like to terrorize others into submission.