When he withdraws dating
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.
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.
The passive aggressive husband won’t return his wife’s anger. He will withhold affection, forget important dates…if it is something she needs, he will make sure she doesn’t get it.
Never once did I question his lack of relationship with his family.
Or the fact that he didn’t have any long-standing friendships.
In some cases, the passive-aggressive man will do both. My entire marriage consisted of me trying to find solutions to our problems and him withdrawing further and further away, both emotionally and intimately.
Her attempts to connect threaten him and bring to the surface his fear of attachment, which means more withdrawal. What happens when someone you love dismisses your efforts and withdraws? Your attempts to communicate calmly turns into deeper resentment and anger.