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is this passive aggression or suppression and why ?

A man with a dubious record of compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations faces a tax audit. However, he twice missed appointments with the agent after becoming involved with projects at work.
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He is missing appointments on purpose even though he knows he has to go to the tax audit whereas in suppression you consciously control or hide bad thoughts or feelings (it is a mature defense mechanism)
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ans given is suppression
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is this passive aggression or suppression and why ?

A man with a dubious record of compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations faces a tax audit. However, he twice missed appointments with the agent after becoming involved with projects at work.
In hindsight the difference from passive aggression is that he is doing something useful and suppressing the unwanted thought (appointments with the IRS agent) to get on with the project.
The question writer managed to trick us into choosing "passive aggressive" based on the buzzword "missed appointments".

This would be passive aggressive:
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A man with a dubious record of compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations faces a tax audit. However, he twice missed appointments with the agent after his car broke down (twice!).
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These behaviors are most suggestive of suppression , a defense mechanism that involves forcing
anxiety-provoking feelings into the unconscious by substituting other feelings or thoughts.

i really doubt ans be wrong in qbank...
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These behaviors are most suggestive of suppression , a defense mechanism that involves forcing
anxiety-provoking feelings into the unconscious by substituting other feelings or thoughts.
i really doubt ans be wrong in qbank...
I think the qbank author is confused since suppression is "conscious" as compared to repression which is unconscious.
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I think the qbank author is confused since suppression is "conscious" as compared to repression which is unconscious.
I agree with you over the fact that suppression is a "conscious" mechanism, essentially meaning the person "consciously" suppress the thought!
However, the explanation is trying to say is "pushing the thought into the unconscious" (yet you still are doing it consciously!)
Does that make sense? It's the best I could make out of it!
BTW they're really screwing with our heads!!!
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I agree with you over the fact that suppression is a "conscious" mechanism, essentially meaning the person "consciously" suppress the thought!
However, the explanation is trying to say is "pushing the thought into the unconscious" (yet you still are doing it consciously!)
Does that make sense? It's the best I could make out of it!
BTW they're really screwing with our heads!!!
Good catch.
I failed to pick that up.
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