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Putting an End to the Cycle of Passive-Aggressive Behaviors

Putting an End to the Cycle of Passive-Aggressive Behaviors

Putting an End to the Cycle of Passive-Aggressive Behaviors

In a relationship or marriage, there are times where each party tries to do things for themselves while also trying to meet the needs of their partner. It is a delicate balance that sometimes does not work out and may need the intervention of couples' therapy Orlando, but there are ways to work around this problem. The problem is passive-aggressive behavior, and it is a behavior that shows the entire opposite of what a person tries to communicate. This behavior often arises as a result of one person feeling like their needs aren't being met and does not trust their partner will meet those needs. Sometimes passive-aggressive behavior is obvious while at other times, it is subtle.

Some of the fears that lead to passive-aggressive behavior include the following;

  • Fear of your partner rejecting when you ask them to meet your needs.
  • Fear of your partner's inability to meet your needs.
  • Fear of your partner's perception of you when you ask for your needs to be met.
  • Fear of being unable to handle not getting what you want.
  • Fear of your partner's reaction to asking them to meet your needs.

Lack of communication, when combined with these fears, lead to passive-aggressive behavior, and some examples are highlighted below;

A wife feels her husband does not tell her anything about the things he wants to do; therefore, she starts asking him questions about everything he does, who he talks to and things he is planning to do. This gets on her husband's nerves, and he feels like he no longer has any privacy as a human being. So, instead of telling her how her overbearing interest makes him feel, he pulls back and reduces how often he talks to her. This, however, makes the wife continue to ask more questions and the cycle does not stop. So how do you break this cycle? Sometimes, working together to solve the problem works while some people may need to go for couples' therapy Orlando.

To break this unhealthy cycle, there has to be a level of mutual trust between the two partners. Both of them have to trust their partner is being open and honest. They should also learn how to express their needs in non-manipulative ways so that they can both agree on which needs to meet and which needs to let go regardless of whose need it is. Couples who are going through the cycle of passive-aggressive behavior need to master the art of saying and accepting "I need this," "I agree" and "I disagree." Learning conflict resolutions skills by going for couples' therapy Orlando also helps approach disagreements in healthy ways instead of trying to avoid disagreements entirely.

Things like this have brought so many relationships to an abrupt end, and we do not want you to go through something similar. Orlando Thrive Therapy exists to help you with issues like this through Couples' Therapy Orlando which you can book an appointment for by calling 407 592 8997.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.

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