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. Since such a partner always avoids expressing what he/she is thinking and feeling inside, you usually do not have an inkling of his/her compulsions till the relationship is already toxic. To minimize chances of this happening to you, here are ten signs of passive aggressive behavior to watch out for in a partner.

Minor disagreements are an inevitable part of any marriage – after all two different personalities sharing a home and life are bound to disagree on some issue or other. However major and repeatedly unresolved quarrels could have the potential to develop into a permanent breach. So if you find that your marriage is no longer working, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Face facts

No one enjoys fighting with loved ones. Fights are when voices rise, tempers flare and people say things that they are later going to regret. Couples especially find conflicts disconcerting since it marks such a contrast to how they are supposed to feel for each other. Even when things have settled down between couples, an ugly fight leaves a bitter aftertaste and they find themselves wondering what is wrong.

Negativity in a marriage can take various forms, ranging from excessive criticism and strive for perfectionism to the apparently less significant problem of cynicism and nagging. All of these behaviors can push spouses away from each other and eventually make it difficult to pull along in a marriage. If you are often at the receiving end of your husband’s criticism and find him putting you down, in public or private, here are a few steps you can take to restore your sense of self-worth and integrity.

Don’t take it personally

A healthy relationship is based on mutual give-and-take. Though it is extremely unlikely for two people to invest exactly equal amounts of time and effort in a relationship, a certain degree of approximation is expected. A co-dependent relationship on the other hand is marked an excess of neediness which in turn can signify deep-rooted emotional and psychological issues. If you believe you are in a codependent relationship, here are a few things you can do to cope with the situation.

Recognize the signs

Ideally every relationship should have a balance between rights and responsibilities, expectations and adjustments. It is when this balance is disturbed that a partner is left feeling short-changed and experiences a loss of control. If you feel the same, here are a few tips on how to be more assertive in a relationship.

Know what you want

Time was when someone with social anxiety was supposed to be merely shy or most, an introvert. Now however it is accepted that social anxiety is much more serious than ordinary shyness and actually a personality disorder. Falling under the larger group of anxiety disorders,  Social Anxiety Disorder or SAD is marked by an excessive and persistent fear of social and performance situations.

Disagreements and conflicts are part of every long term relationship, especially one as complex as marriage. However things have been particularly difficult between you and your wife that now she is thinking in terms of a divorce, here are a few tips on convincing your wife to stay on and save your marriage.

Stop the arguments

In romantic relationships it is quite natural for partners to be mildly possessive about each other and jealous of other objects of attention. In fact, taken in small doses jealousy helps partners to appreciate each other and not to take the other person for granted. However, when jealous reactions get out of proportion, it may not only ruin the relationship but also the person in the grip of such negative feelings.

Every relationship no matter how loving requires partners to be by themselves every now and then. This is not only important for them to recharge their personal selves but also to help them grow as individuals. However having your boyfriend say outright that he needs some space can be quite scary and leave you wondering about what went wrong. Here are few tips on what he may mean and what you can do about it.

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