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Category Archives: Passive-Aggressive Behavior

Relationship Help: Is it the little things that really get to you?

Oh, yes! Those little sideways glances, rolling eyes, hrmphs, and pauses are often the things that set off conversations that go nowhere good.  It’s the little things. It’s the lid off the toothpaste tube each morning with all that bright blue goop in the sink. It’s the failure to put on a new roll of…

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Relationship Advice: “That REALLY bugs me!!!”

  Are there things your partner does that cause you to say “That REALLY bugs me!”? And, when you say it, are you thinking s/he should now change that behavior?  Oops! That’s not a reasonable expectation. I know you might think it is and you might even pull out that old, awful, in-my-opinion-never-to-be-heard-again phrase:  “If…

Relationship Advice: “So, the passive-aggressive guy said….!”

Maybe it was Art Linkletter who said, “Passive-aggressive men say the darndest things!”  The passive-aggressive guy said,  “If I can’t get what I want, then why should I give you what you want?” Now, in a supposedly loving relationship, that’s quite curious. It turns relationship into bartering. And, of course, it’s not rocket science to…

Relationship Help: Are You Getting Diatribes When You’re Wanting Dialogues?

Sometimes, we’re afraid to open up conversations about troubling issues for fear it will only make matters worse. We’re afraid that we’ll be met with a diatribe and there will be no dialogue. Sound familiar? What’s a diatribe? Well, that’s when someone holds forth and seldom takes a breath while giving you all the reasons,…

Relationship Help: Are You Behaving in Passive-Aggressive Ways?

How do you know if you are passive-aggressive? Aside from the obvious wake of people who won’t get close to you, there are certain things to think about to determine if your behavior is passive-aggressive. GOOD NEWS: People are not passive-aggressive by nature.  It’s their communication and conflict management patterns that ar, and these are…

Relationship Help: Is your relationship really a competition?

Relationships are often competitions in disguise. When you really step back and look at them, perhaps with a little relationship help, the main event of the relationship is the constant battle for supremacy, control, and maybe even a little domination. Not healthy. Doesn’t feel good, but folks do it all the same. Competition. It’s tension-producing,…

Relationship Help: Are You Looking for a Fight?

The big question in any conflict is: Are you looking for a fight or trying to make things right? If you are looking for a fight in a troubled, or even in a relatively calm, relationship, you’ll likely find it.  You can, though, change your focus to trying to make things right with a little…

Relationship Help: New EBook for you on Dealing with Passive-Aggressive Behavior & People

  It’s ready for you. My new ebook, STOP! That’s Crazy-Making! will help you to recognize, respond to, and recover from the passive-aggressive behavior of the folks in your life at home and at work. We are often confounded by the behavior of others. One of those confounding behaviors in passive-aggressive behavior. Many of my…

Relationship Help: Do You Have a Crazy-Making Partner or Co-Worker?

Do you have a partner, boss or co-worker who you would often–operant word, often–describe as crazy-making?  Does s/he frequently seem to give with one hand and grab it back with the other? This can be a description of the emotional and verbal behavior of a passive-aggressive person. My friend, Brenda, was telling me about her…

Recover from a passive aggressive relationship

How to Recover from A Passive Aggressive Relationship

One thing that certainly comes near to the top of the list of relationship problems that are uncovered in my sessions with clients is passive-aggressive behavior. Sometimes, it is hard to see it clearly, but it is never difficult to feel its effects. In this three part series, you will get insights about: How to Recognize a Passive-Aggressive Person; How to Respond to a Passive-Aggressive Person and finally, How to Recover from a Passive-Aggressive Person.

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