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5 Reasons a Passive Aggressive Man’s Love Comes With a Big Price Tag

5 Reasons a Passive Aggressive Man’s Love Comes With a Big Price Tag

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If you were married to him, you know what I’m talking about. If you have divorced a passive aggressive you SURELY know what I’m talking about. If you weren’t, be on the look-out because chances are you will cross paths with a passive aggressive man.

Who is the passive aggressive man? He is that guy who avoids responsibility and conflict through passivity and withdrawal. He is the “Nice Guy” who reels you in with his adoration and once you are in the game he turns the tables so quickly your head will swim until you decide to take a hike.

But what is passive aggressive behavior and how do you recognize passive aggressive men?

5 Reasons the Passive Aggressive Man’s Love Comes With a Big Price Tag

He…

Withholds to Punish: He says one thing but means another. Sure, he wants to go to a movie. He even appears to enjoy himself until later that night when he rejects you sexually. You see, he didn’t want to go to a movie but, his passivity would not allow him to own it. His fear of conflict means punishing you in covert ways for something you “made” him do. What better way to punish than withholding something he knows you want?

Fears Conflict: He will do anything to keep from arguing with you. He has been taught that anger is unacceptable. Well, expressing anger in an open, honest way is unacceptable and is not something you will get from this guy. What you will get is a relationship with a man who avoids solving relationship problems, avoids taking responsibility for problems in the relationship and most importantly avoids making an intimate connection with you.

Why? A passive aggressive man will always choose to avoid conflict because he has come to experience conflict or disagreement as terrifying. He may have a great desire to connect with you emotionally but they don’t have the tools required for them to do so. For this reason, the retreat from those they love because of their fear that something will go wrong or they will be rejected.

In other words, they forfeit a relationship they long for, out of fear and, basically cause their worst fear to come true. Not only do they break your heart, they break their own heart by constantly giving up on relationships. When your passive aggressive husband starts avoiding conflict, it’s the beginning of the end of his emotional attachment to you and the relationship.

Plays The Victim: This poor guy can’t win for losing; not in his mind anyway. He will not show for a dinner date but find it unreasonable that you are upset. It is, after all, his bosses fault for making him work late. He could have picked his cell phone up and called but calling isn’t nearly as pleasurable as letting you sit and wait. You waiting on him gets his angries out at you.

He gets to punish you and blame his boss…he is off the hook, a “good guy” who is the victim of an unreasonable woman AND boss who both expect too much from him.

How does the passive aggressive benefit by playing the victim? When they play the “poor me” card it elicits other’s sympathy and offers of help. He enjoys being noticed and validated in such a way. Being a victim is also a great excuse for not confronting difficult life issues…avoiding conflict, again.

If he is viewing himself as a victim he can remain passive and not be held responsible for his bad behavior. This enables him to shift responsibility for his own misery off onto you.

As long as he is holding onto the victim role he puts himself in a low-risk, take no chances position. It’s all your fault since it’s your fault you should be the one to fix the problem! He is off the hook.

Is Forgetful: He forgets birthdays, anniversaries, anything important to you will be forgotten by him. My ex used to forget he needed something from me until the last minute.  If there was a social event related to his work, I would get notice the day before. I spent a lot of time running around trying to prepare for something in a few hours that would normally take days.

Is Afraid of You: They want you but they don’t want to become attached to you. He is in a constant battle with himself to pursue you then distance himself from you.  According to Scott Wetlzer, author of Living with the Passive-Aggressive Man: Coping with Hidden Aggression – From the Bedroom to the Boardroom.

The passive aggressive man is “unsure of his autonomy and afraid of being alone, he fights his dependency needs, usually by trying to control you. He wants you to think he doesn’t depend on you, but he binds himself closer than he cares to admit. Relationships can become battlegrounds, where he can only claim victory if he denies his need for your support.”

You have a lot of anger toward the passive aggressive man you are involved with. You just can’t figure out exactly what you are angry about. He is sweet, kind and loving. He never argues, does exactly what you wish. There must be something wrong with you or such a good man would want to have sex with you, remember your birthday, put effort into solving the problems in the relationship or just show up on time every once in a while.

And that is the trap women who are involved with passive aggressive men fall into, they become responsible for all that is wrong in the relationship. He keeps you hanging in by doing for you when he doesn’t want to, by never arguing, by being such a nice guy. All those puzzling behaviors that send the opposite message that the other negative behaviors send.

That is why they call it “crazy-making” behavior. The passive aggressive man is very good at appearing to be calm, cool and collected while you are going off the deep end. It isn’t his intent to frustrate, offend or cause you to feel guilty. He truly does only want to help.

The only issue, the kind of help he has to offer comes with a price. He has expectations he is unable to openly express and when you don’t meet those expectations you get resentment and covert punishment. And, you should never expect your expectations to be met, not even when you’ve expressed them in a clear, easy to understand fashion.

Want a relationship with a passive aggressive man to last? Become a mind reader and keep your expectations low.

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Big Announcement – I’m Coming To See You!

Big Announcement – I’m Coming To See You!

 

I have some very exciting news for you today.

I’m COMING to see you and I can’t wait!

Zac and the MTE team are coming too.

The reason we are is that during the tour for my book You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse in London and Los Angeles, Zac and I had the immense joy and pleasure to connect with many beautiful people in events, workshops, and Thriver meetups.

These are experiences we will NEVER forget.

I know … I feel called … to do more IN-person things with YOU.

And … we’d be doing you a disservice if we couldn’t offer you life-changing experiences IN-PERSON!

Today’s video is all about the details of our upcoming Live Events.

 

Complete the 2-minute survey and secure your early bird ticket for MTE’s in-person live event.

 

Video Transcript

In today’s video I want tell you something that we’ve been keeping under wraps for several months now…

It all started on our book tour to London and LA earlier this year…

Zac and I arrived in London, bleary eyed after travelling for 24 hours straight. Almost every hour of our days were booked with events, talks I had scheduled, and meetings, including my first in-person meeting with our Publisher, Watkins Publishing, and the wonderful woman, a dear angel, Theresa Cheung, who helped make my book You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse become a reality.

We knew the tour was going to be crazy, but we really had no idea what to expect.

But I can tell you, from the moment we got to our Airbnb, unpacked our bags, and set out on all our engagements, we fell in love with what we were doing!

Meeting Thrivers, who I’d been connected with for as long as I could remember, for the very first time, brought tears to my eyes…

Having the opportunity to speak live to our audience, see and feel the energy of all the incredible souls in this community.

And then getting the opportunity to deliver an all-day workshop, and witness in person the miraculous breakthroughs of all the people who took part…

If you told me just 10 years ago, that the Thriver Mission, which started in my little unit in Langwarrin, Victoria, could have led to this – I wouldn’t have believed you.

The entire London experience, everything, I couldn’t believe it.

All this time that we’ve been helping people heal and thrive from abuse, mostly from sitting behind a computer, I have known deep down that we had been changing lives. But to actually witness THAT, and to experience so many people come up to me and say, ‘Thank you – you saved and changed my life’…

I was speechless.

In fact, I remember turning to Zac and, looking at each other, we said simultaneously, ‘How lucky are we; we have the best job in the world!’

Then we went onto LA and the experience was just as special … I got to meet some of the most amazing people in my life, for the very first time.

I got to speak and spend an afternoon at our Thriver Meet-up. It was SO much fun!

Okay… So here’s the big news…

From the moment we left LA and came back to Melbourne, we have been itching to get back on a plane…

Because we know deep down that this is my mission to be with you, and even though myself and the MTE team produce so much material online – across YouTube, my Blog and social media, as well as our emails and healing programs – we know that we’d all be doing you a disservice if we couldn’t offer you something incredibly special in person.

That’s why later this year we are going to be hosting the first ever MTE Live Events – where you will get the chance to join me in your nearest city!

They’re going to be lots of fun… You’ll be able to meet and connect with other Thrivers, which is always so special. And, most importantly, we’ll be creating transformations, literally to the point where you will walk out of the room at the end of the workshop as a totally new you!

So how does that sound?

I hope you’re excited 😊

Now, there’s just two very important things I need from you to help make this happen:

Where you live. We want to know which cities have the BIGGEST Thriver Tribes, so that we can schedule the events accordingly. And we want to know what TYPE of events you would be most interested in, so that we can deliver exactly the kind of healing and transformational experience that you would like.

So, to help you share this information with us, we’ve created a quick-and-simple, two-minute survey for you to fill out.

And, when you fill out this survey you will automatically join the special Early Bird List, giving you the opportunity to be first to get tickets!

Judging by how the Thriver Mission has grown over the last couple of years, we don’t expect the tickets to last all that long, which means completing the survey will be a great way for you to secure a ticket when they go on sale.

Please fill out the survey here and then keep an eye out for news of the events, which we’ll be posting on Facebook, Instagram and here on YouTube.

I can’t wait to see and give you a hug in person … Bless!

 

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