If Someone You Love Says These 8 Things, You're In A Toxic Relationship With A Passive Aggressive Partner

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Examples Of Things Passive Aggressive People In Toxic Relationships Say
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What is passive aggressive behavior, and how can you spot the signs of a toxic relationship filled with passive aggression?

Passive aggressive behavior is "characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others and an avoidance of direct confrontation."

To figure out if you're a victim of passive aggression, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are you on an emotional roller coaster ride with someone in your life?
  • Do you know a person who is friendly one day but withdraws the next?
  • Does this person consistently avoid any emotionally-intense conversations?
  • Are you sometimes that person?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, chances are, you may be dealing with a passive aggressive person or even showing signs of passive aggressive behavior yourself.

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Both men and women resort to passive aggression and often don't realize it. It's a way we've been taught to deal with uncomfortable feelings. Often, the feeling is anger or frustration.

Growing up, most of us were told that being angry and upset is bad. So, we learned how to cleverly mask it. Yes, cleverly. Instead of being connected to our feelings and being upfront and candid with others, we resort to behaviors that are disruptive to healthy connections. Often, this isn't done on purpose, but because we don't know how to voice our feelings or process our emotions.

Passive aggressive behavior does not support healthy connections, so it's crucial to know how to recognize passive aggressive traits — both in yourself and in others.

Do you notice yourself displaying these behaviors? Don't beat yourself up about it because it's not your fault. These behaviors have been passed down generation after generation.

But ... knowledge is power and you can become aware of your behavior. Many people do these behaviors simply because they haven't been shown how to deal with uncomfortable feelings.

Knowing how to deal with passive aggressive people and recognize their behavior isn't always easy because these behaviors are so common in society and in relationships. It takes effort and awareness to free yourself from this destructive relationship behavior.

But, ultimately it's about tapping into your feminine side. Yes, everyone. All sexes. Because expressing your healthy feminine side makes communicating easier.

Good communication requires slowing down and being receptive. It requires tuning into yourself, something most of us don't do. We react or shutdown without accessing our deeper wisdom.

Here are 8 examples of things passive aggressive people say to their partners in toxic relationships.

1. "I'm not mad."

Denying feelings of anger is classic passive-aggressive behavior.

Rather than being upfront and honest when questioned about their feelings, the passive aggressive person insists, "I'm not mad," even when they are seething on the inside.

2. "Fine" or "Whatever."

Pouting and withdrawing from arguments are common strategies of the passive-aggressive person. Passive aggressive behavior comes from a person's belief that expressing anger directly will only make things worse.

The passive aggressive person uses phrases like "fine" and "whatever" to express anger indirectly instead of communicating in a direct and emotionally honest way.

3. "I'll do that later today."

Passive aggressive people are known for verbally complying with a request, but behaviorally delaying its completion or not doing it at all.

Their actions speak louder than their words.

4. "I didn't know you meant now."

Passive aggressive people are master procrastinators.

It's normal to put off unpleasant tasks but people with passive aggressive personalities rely on procrastination as a way of frustrating others or getting out of certain commitments without having to directly refuse them.

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5. "You just want everything to be perfect."

Another passive-aggressive strategy is to carry out tasks in a timely, but unacceptable manner. For example, a child who is asked to make their bed and does it halfway. Or a husband who usually doesn't help with housework and when he does he doesn't do it, thoroughly.

The passive aggressive person complies with a particular request but intentionally is inefficient. When confronted, they defend the work and accuses the other of being a perfectionist.

6. "I thought you knew."

Passive aggressive people may express their anger covertly by choosing not to share information when it could prevent a problem.

By claiming ignorance, the person defends inaction, while taking pleasure in seeing another's plight.

7. "I was only joking."

Like backhanded compliments, sarcasm is a common tool of a passive aggressive person who expresses hostility aloud, but in socially acceptable, indirect ways.

If you show that you are offended by the sarcasm, the hostile joke teller plays up their role as victim, asking, "Can't you take a joke?"

8. "Why are you getting so upset?"

The passive aggressive person is a master at maintaining calm and showing surprise when others, worn down by their indirect hostility, blow up in anger. In fact, the person gets pleasure from setting others up to lose their cool and then questioning their "overreactions."

Hopefully, this was eye-opening for you and that it helps you to know how to recognize passive aggressive behavior when it shows up in your life. Learning how to communicate with direct clear communication instead of unhealthy behaviors will enhance your relationships.

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Anna-Thea is an author and Divine Feminine Educator. If you would like to find out more about how to recognize passive aggressive behavior cultivate direct clear communication check out her online courses, especially her Communicating To Create Connection course.

This article was originally published at annathea.org. Reprinted with permission from the author.