I had to google the word “placation” because I was not 100 percent sure if it was the “tion” form of the word placate. Let me just tell you I love the word “placate” because it sounds so Joan-Crawford-Mommie-Dearest, “DON’T PLACATE ME WITH YOUR WIRE HANGERS” I know she doesn’t say that, but good grapes you know that is what she suggested she say to the script writer dude. On the other hand, I desperately can not stand to be placated or outwardly insulted with some form of phrase like “oh, yeah that’s totally a no brainier, you should do it” and I say this with the utmost inflection being on “brainer” & “you should do it” (To get the full effect on how I’m saying this out loud to myself, google Californians on Saturday Night live. Ok ,I’ll wait. Yeah, that’s how I am saying it. When any sales person utters the word “no brainer”, I stare at them like scary kids with no eyes in those paranormal movies , turn around and walk out. Or I suggest they sell to actual Zombies who have lost most of their brain power.
I coined this term because I feel like “nice” people who are not necessarily door mats, but truly try to see the good in other people fall victim to episodes of “Passive Aggressive Placation”. I’m going to do my darnedest to give examples without being a total bitch, because I do consider my self a “nice” person but I also own a bit of snark, or scrappiness if you will. Truth needs to be told about people who are “serial-killer-nasty” ; one moment a charming savant of manners and compliments while altruistically robed in a ‘Snugee’ of “ratchetness”, cheap polyester and barbed wire accolades. Passive Aggressive Placation is my kryptonite. It turns my face red , I will flip my head around so fast, start snapping and hip-walking with the “let me tell you something” phrase frothing out of my mouth like the foamy desirableness of a Carmel Machiatto. (ok spell check keeps telling me that Machiatto should really be the word Machination)
Passive Aggressive Placation is really the tool of annoying and sometimes even extremely successful Sales People. It’s the inauthentic dumfounded shock and awe on the sales person’s face when they have spent their incredibly precious time desperately providing “high Key” covertly disguised as a “low-key” sales pitch and you politely decline. To which they respond: “Oh, I”m flabbergasted that such an extremely well-educated gorgeous, brilliant, young lady would pass up on such an incredible deal”. Saying “no” to hot-shot sales people, is like saying “no” to a smart-mouthed over-privileged teenager who is learning how to manipulate their parents. They know if they go bat-**** crazy , there is no dice, but if they play it “cool” and back-hand compliment the hell out the situation, there is a chance that “no” will turn into a “yes”.
My favorite do or die sales pitch is the: “There are only 50 items/spots left and time is running out, your life is a mess, you need this, tap into that savings account NOW! what are you WAITING FOR?”!
“UM, for my common sense to kick in to realize that what you are charging is asinine Or
“Um, for my common sense to kick in to realize that you have only had this promotion running for 1 day”
No, No, that’s not even the passive aggressive placating part. It’s the part where they close the actual deal down and say “NO MORE LEFT” and then magically 24 hours later, 400 items etc are suddenly available. I get it, supply and demand; hence, welcome to the rave party of underhanded sales. “If you do not act now, your life will be sucked into a deep, black hole of despair, desolation, and depression. The three Ds or darkness will cascade upon you forever UNLESS you sign up for this one~-time, short lived offer of glow stick freedom enmeshed in the giant “mosh” pit of enternal financial bliss, do you have your pay pal account available?”
Unfortunately, sleep deprived or insomniacs are plagued with the “Do you desperately hate your life that you are sitting there in your jogging pants, covered in Cheetos, hating yourself for eating Cheetos and wearing ugly jogging pants, well! sign up now with a start up fee of ____ and I guarantee you will love your life again” It’s also used in the billion dollar diet industry coupled with the “I guarantee you will lose weight if you try this fabulous innovative new product”. * I could write a BOOK on incessant onslaught of fitness crazes, fads, pills, shakes etc that reign down upon us like skittles in those psychedelic skittles commercial. It’s absurd!!! And I’m not immune, I like to exercise, I have bought some of the stuff to stay MODERATELY fit; however, if I scroll through certain health magazines or websites, Moderate is NOT GOOD ENOUGH WOMAN!. According to the fitness revolution, if I can’t wash my undies on my washboard abs, apparently I need more products and I certainly need to eat more twigs and less cheetos. No wonder people do not want to start an exercise program! I see this fitness phrase a lot “What’s your excuse?” I think some one needs to respond “YOU ARE SCARING ME”. If I see one more female lift up their shirt to show their abs and the bottom of their boobs in a effort to “sell” fitness, I am going to try and wash my undies on my 2.5 pack and tell them “I want my money back, it didn’t work”. **
I know we can all think of how this type of behavior affected us or affected us. The creepy boss who said things like “I’m your biggest fan but…” No, you are not my biggest fan. That’s creepy and why start a sentence like that and use the word “but”, just give me the feedback and do not be a douche-bag. (according to my grammar check, douche-bag should be hyphenated). Or the obnoxious supermom who says things like “Bless your heart, you look really stressed & tired, have you read Baby Wise or do you eat too much gluten and saturated fat? I did all that and look at me! I’m a size zero and baby girl is sleeping through the night!” Really sweetheart, how about, “Let me give you a hug because I understand what you are going through and I’d rather be nice to you versus a condescending , lip-glossed, twig-eating ______”
When I had my first child, HIS THIRD MONTH of LIFE, I hadn’t gone back to work and a mom (I don’t know if she worked or not, well maybe at being obnoxious) asked me “WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY” Um, well now I’m going to cut up creepy pictures of you and poke black holes in the eye slots and say voo doo doo doo prayers in them while I eat my giant stash of Dove Chocolate bars (and cheetos bc I love cheetos; thus, why I have mentioned them several times and guess what? they have an “all natural brand” which means I can lose weight WHILE I’m eating them because they are negative calories…), because apparently I’m not productive enough for you to ask me rational, polite questions. Yeah I said voo doo doo doo prayers. People who are passively aggressively placating invoke voo doo doo doo doo behavior.
How bout you, what’s your example of passive aggressive placation?
Footnotes for asterisks*
* The entire health industry does not fall into this category, therefore no disrespect to the health industry as an industry per-say..(grammatically that sentence was crappy but I’m trying to a make a point on sleazy sales gimmicks , not “out” any hard working fitness and health professionals who really do care about the public good)
** again, attraction marketing, I get it. Of course you should show of those abs! But do it in a way that’s not so obnoxious. Wear a cute FULL COVERAGE ATHLETIC bra top, there really is no need for you to lift up your shirt. None. This isn’t Spring Break in Cancun. Google “cute athletic bras” and I guarantee you will find something G rated that I do not have to hide from my children if I’m scrolling Instagram with my kids sitting next to me.
“whats your excuse”
This blog is like the ridiculous sweater I bought at Anthropologie a few years ago. It was on sale and the sales lady told me "it looks awesome on you." It's the most bizarre sweater, and whether it looked good on me or not, is highly debatable. Like these blogs, I look at them at say "Yeesh, what was I thinking,," or laugh or bath in their cathartic qualities. The sweater stays for the same reasons.