Passive Aggressive Behavior in Relationships

Many people in passive aggressive relationships do not even know they are in one. Passive aggressive behavior can be very detrimental to relationships and the behavior needs to change for the relationship to flourish.


If the woman or man in your life pretends to be sick so you miss an event important to you, this is passive aggressive behavior. If they take too long to get ready so you are late to that event, this is passive aggression. They either do not want to go, or do not want you to go. And rather than say so, they use these tactics to sabotage attending the event.

Passive Aggressive Behavior in Relationships

Passive Aggressive Behavior in Relationships

Someone with this behavior will agree to do something or go somewhere with you, but may pout the entire time. They verbalize that everything is fine. But it is easy to spot the hostility. They will sabotage your other relationships with friends, family, and even at your workplace. When someone acts this way towards you, they are emotionally abusing you.

How can a relationship survive or be happy when this behavior is a part of it? A relationship cannot survive peacefully and happily. The behavior needs to be stopped. The emotional head games need to be over for good. So how can you make her or him change their ways? Are you even aware that the one you love is using this behavior against you?

A passive aggressive person may tend to use silence as a weapon. This leaves you to “guess” what their problem is. These types of people also use payback, but try to make it innocent. The bartender flirted with you and he got jealous? A passive aggressive man won’t confront his issue with jealousy. Instead he will innocently “forget” to pick up your dry cleaning like he promised. If you try to call him on it, he will act all innocent and defensive.

Passive aggressive behavior breaks down the communication in a relationship, as they can pick fights about any little thing. Before your relationship becomes any more dysfunctional, we can help you understand where the passive aggressive behavior is occurring and provide the guidance to end it.


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