Passive Aggressive Men

How to Recognize Passive Aggressive Men

Dealing with passive aggressive men can be a challenge. Trying to have a fulfilling, healthy relationship with this kind of man is highly frustrating at best.

Do you think the man in your life has passive aggressive behavior disorder? In order to find out, you need to know how to recognize it, where it comes from, and whether you can do anything to change it.

Signs He’s a Passive Aggressive Person

How Passive Aggressive Disorder Develops

Passive Aggressive men become that way because of what they learn in childhood. The behavior is either modeled after a passive aggressive parent or is a coping mechanism developed in a home where healthy expression of feelings – especially anger – was hindered. Somewhere during their development, a passive aggressive person has been taught that the honest expression of feelings is bad.

 Since emotions like anger, fear, and disappointment aren’t released in normal ways, they build up and must somehow be purged. The frustrating and confusing passive aggressive behaviors are simply the releasing of those pent-up emotions.

Dealing With Passive Aggressive Men

If you’re still reading this, it’s likely that you know what it’s like to have a relationship with a man who is passive aggressive. So, is it worth the trouble to try and help him change? Well, that depends. If the behavior is not extremely severe or deeply ingrained, there is much hope for recovery.

The first step in correcting the behavior is recognizing it. One of the hardest things a passive aggressive person can do is to examine himself and to take responsibility for his behavior. If this can be accomplished, anything is possible. Therapy can be highly effective at helping to treat passive aggressive men.

As the partner of a recovering passive aggressive, you will need to have a lot of patience and understanding. If you and your partner care deeply for one another, and he is truly willing to put in the work it will take to correct his behavior, you can eventually have a mutually beneficial relationship.

Remember: staying in a relationship with passive aggressive men is always a bad idea if they are unwilling to change or are unable to recognize that they have a problem.