Passive-aggressive behavior in a relationship rarely appears overnight.
Usually it has been ingrained in a person’s personality as an emotional coping mechanism for a long time.
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After a relationship breakup or divorce is an ideal time to explore this.
Most of us, often without realizing it, follow distinct patterns in our relationships--patterns that may be ingrained in our personalities.
The widespread belief is that these patterns are largely unconscious, operating in areas of our brains that are not always connected to our awareness.
Feeling hurt, I was defensive and had no idea what the words meant, and all I knew is that it was an attack and a label.
Fast forward a decade filled with a great deal of introspection and inquiry into psychology, self-discovery and personality, and I would have had to agree with her.
By that time, someone may have moved out, had an affair, become medically ill or resumed using an addictive substance.
stops chatting, sharing details of family life; someone refrains from conveying essential data such as appointments, social events, school open houses, soccer games; someone “forgets” to share news about changes at work, relative illnesses……perhaps to create a fight, to let some of the pain ooze out; or to message “you don’t count, you don’t exist in my equation anymore, you show no interest in me, so why should I bring you into my world”.