It’s springtime, which means your allergies may already be causing a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezin

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Dealing with narcissists is no easy task. They are by definition arrogant, entitled, exploitative, self-absorbed, and forceful. At the same time, they are also charming, persuasive, and attractive — making it difficult to navigate past their treacherous webs.

But how do narcissists get that way in the first place?

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Being in control feels safe, you can feel safe when you’re not in control too. The world is unpredictable and your power is limited, so feeling safe without control is a valuable skill.

When the world disappoints your expectations, your brain releases cortisol and it feels like an emergency. You can re-wire your brain to feel safe when you’re not in control. That doesn’t mean being out of control or giving up. It means building a new neural pathway to replace that old cortisol circuit.

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While an occasional passive-aggressive approach to life's problems isn't unusual, manipulation and indirect communication are a way of life for some people. Passive-aggressive people often go undetected in the office and in their social circles—at least initially—because they disguise their seething hostility with a pleasant demeanor.

Here are nine things, though, that only passive-aggressive people do:

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