How do you deal with passive aggression?

Question: “My boss is generally nice but makes a lot of passive-aggressive comments when things don’t go just right. For example, if a mistake is made, he’ll say something like, ‘Well, I guess I just have to learn not to be surprised when people screw up’ or ‘I try to look for the best in people, but oh well, I suppose I’ll always be naive that way…’ He has that way of criticizing where he makes it seem like he’s just hurt that he has to suffer so much. How does someone respond to that kind of passive aggression when I can’t even say his comments are directed at any one person?” – Bea, Property Management Assistant

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