I was in love with love and this passive-aggressive man who, from all outward appearances, had a lot of love to give.
It takes a special kind of woman to choose and marry a passive-aggressive man. The woman who marries the passive aggressive man was taught in her family of origin to accept a high level of frustration for a minimal level of love and caring.
What does that mean? How about we use me as an example? When I was a child, my father was constantly withdrawing from my mother. He was an alcoholic who found it easier to deal with problems by drinking.
His withdrawal frustrated my mother, who became resentful at his withdrawal. As an adult, it makes sense that I would choose a man who mirrored what I had grown up witnessing.
When we first met, my ex-husband was charming, needy, and couldn’t be around me enough. He was every woman’s idea of the perfect m, in the beginning. Never once did I question his lack of relationship with his family. Or the fact that he didn’t have any long-term friendships.
I was in love with love, and this man, who, from all outward appearances, had a lot of love to give. What I didn’t understand at the time was, due to my childhood, I was conditioned to rescue the needy, to help them, help themselves.
The Passive-Aggressive Man Cycles Between Hostility and Withdrawal
The passive-aggressive man’s behavior cycles between hostility and withdrawal. If you become involved with a passive-aggressive man within a few months, you will come face to face with a man who is either very hostile or shuts down and withdraws.
In some cases, the passive-aggressive man will do both.
I remember the first time my ex withdrew from me. It was while we were still dating. He was unable to form an emotional connection with me, but instead of taking responsibility for his own inability, he behaved as if I was the one with an issue.
I willingly took on the responsibility.
I made his faults my fault. I convinced myself I was not doing enough to keep him happy. The funny thing is, the harder I worked on the relationship the more he withdrew.
My entire marriage consisted of me trying to find solutions to our problems and him withdrawing further and further away, both emotionally and intimately.
A Woman Married to the Passive Aggressive Man Lives Daily Attempting to Connect With Her Husband
Her attempts to connect threaten him and bring to the surface his fear of attachment, which means more withdrawal. The cycle goes on and on and on!
What happens when someone you love dismisses your efforts and withdraws? You become angry and frustrated. Your attempts to communicate calmly turns into deeper resentment and anger. In response to your frustration and anger, he withdraws a bit more, and you both end up not having your needs met because the more you try, the further he withdraws.
The passive-aggressive husband won’t return his wife’s anger. He will get back at her in covert ways, though. He will withhold affection, and forget important dates…if it is something she needs, he will make sure she doesn’t get it.
There is a Reason Passive Aggressive Behavior is Called Crazy Making Behavior
His covert anger drives the wife of the passive-aggressive man crazy.
The crazier she feels, the angrier she becomes, and the yelling and screaming become a desperate attempt to be heard by a husband who refuses to listen.
The passive-aggressive man fears becoming emotionally attached to a woman. Lessons he learned in his childhood taught him that doing so isn’t safe. What happens when the passive-aggressive man’s wife becomes angry? His fears are confirmed; she is not safe, and he is not safe in the relationship.
The woman who marries the passive-aggressive man spends a lot of time hoping for more than her husband is willing to give her. She wants closeness, cooperation, love, and attention. She wants actions and behaviors from him that show her he loves her.
By the time my marriage to my passive-aggressive husband came to an end, I had no self-esteem. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as lonely, and the sense of abandonment by my own husband was overwhelming.
The loneliness I experienced in my marriage was worse than any I had ever felt as a single woman.
The passive-aggressive man sabotages his marriage, but it takes that one special woman to enable him to do so. That woman who, in dealing with her own issues, is attracted to the walking wounded. That woman who goes above and beyond when it comes to making a relationship work.
And she will continue to attract passive-aggressive men until she realizes that, as an adult woman, she has the ability to limit how much damage another person can do to her life. Being loved should never mean turning yourself inside out for anyone. Being loved means knowing when to set boundaries, knowing your own worth, and if need be, walking away from a man who does nothing but withdraws and withholds what you desire.
FAQs About Passive-Aggressive Men:
What kind of woman marries a passive-aggressive man?
The woman who was neglected at home marries a passive-aggressive man. Her family taught her to accept a great deal of frustration for a minimum level of love and caring.
How do I know if I am involved with a passive-aggressive man?
Within a few months of your involvement with him, a passive-aggressive man would reveal his true colors. A passive-aggressive man would either show intense hostile behavior towards you or withdraw when you need his support.
Is withdrawal a trait of a passive-aggressive man?
The traits of a passive-aggressive man will include withdrawal and hostility. Most passive-aggressive men will show at least one trait during their interaction in a relationship. In some cases, a passive-aggressive man will show both.
Can I make my relationship work with a passive-aggressive man?
You will not be able to make your relationship work with a passive-aggressive man unless you’re willing to leave yourself at his mercy. The more you try to improve your relationship with him, the more he withdraws.
How do passive-aggressive husbands react to anger?
A passive-aggressive husband will withhold his anger when his wife is angry with him. He will react later in covert ways by withholding his affection, refusing to show up at events important to his wife, not giving what she needs, etc.
Does a passive-aggressive man emotionally attach himself to a woman?
A passive-aggressive man is dreaded to attach himself emotionally to a woman because of the lessons he has learned in his childhood. He has been taught that attachment isn’t safe, and he will only hurt himself by doing so. When his wife gets angry, he is reminded of his lessons: she’s not safe, and he’s not safe in his relationship.
What happens to the wife of a passive-aggressive man?
The wife of a passive-aggressive man would spend a lot of time in despair, hoping for love and attention from her husband. She should know that her passive-aggressive husband is incapable of giving her what she needs the most in her relationship.
Do wives of passive-aggressive husbands feel lonely?
The wives of passive-aggressive men feel the sort of loneliness they had never experienced in their life as single women.
What kind of women are passive-aggressive men attracted to?
Passive-aggressive men are attracted to women who are vulnerable and dealing with their own issues. A woman who would make every effort to make her relationship work even with a passive-aggressive man. She should know that she is not destined to live a miserable life, and she has the power to limit how much harm another person can do to her life.