We promised a couple of columns ago that we’d delve further into how passive aggressive actions function in toxic relationships and how your time perspective plays a role in such hostile behavior.
After reviewing clinical work with clients (and personal experiences) it appears that most people have used passive aggressive acts—some of them too disgusting and outrageous to report—at one time or another in their lives.
They’re basically obstructionist, and try to block whatever it is you want.
Their unconscious anger gets transferred onto you, and you become frustrated and furious.
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First, let’s define what passive-aggressive behavior really is.We learn passive aggressive behavior at an early age—generally due to past negative experiences; this response can become a life-long malady and cause a negative ripple effect in other aspects of our lives.For instance, we may become resigned to a present fatalistic attitude when confronted by people or situations that remind us of our past negative experiences.A passive aggressive personality is one of the most difficult to have a relationship with.However what usually makes things worse is that you do not realize what you are getting into until quite far into the relationship.