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How to Divorce a Passive-Aggressive Spouse

The usual hostility that divorce equally brings in couples is not as apparent when a passive-aggressive (PA) person is involved. Instead, the non-passive-aggressive person will appear to be irrationally raging over numerous accusations while the PA appears calm and rational. The PA’s outward emotionless demeanor further aggravates the situation while their inward fuming anger is waiting to be unleashed.

Typical divorce strategies are ineffective when confronted with a PA. Their particular cycle of pushing...

Coping Skills

Understanding Passive-Aggressive Personality Trait

Passive-aggressive anger is first passive meaning the person is angry but doesn’t express it and then aggressive through refusing to do something later. This can manifest through forgetfulness, procrastination, or malicious gossip. The personality trait, by contrast, is an expansion of this concept. A passive-aggressive person does this behavior all the time and it is not exclusive to the emotion of anger.

According to the DSM-V, passive aggressive personality disorder is not...

Children & Teens

How Predators Use Social Media to Groom Victims

Potential harm from a seemingly innocent social media connect is just a few step away. Here are the steps predators use to groom victims.

Silent Stalk – Social media is the perfect environment for predators to sift through potential targets. The more difficult prey place security restrictions on who can view their posts, are careful not to over expose, and don’t accept request from strangers. Potential victims do the opposite. This allows...

Children & Teens

#1 Worst Parenting Mistake

Whether the child is 2 or 17 years old, the worst parenting mistake a parent can make is not listening. This presents in a variety of formats.

Not listening to their boundaries. When the child has said they don’t want to talk anymore, listen and give them a break. They might need time to process what has already been said before they can respond any further. Explain that the issue might need to...

General

How to Divorce a Narcissist

Divorcing a narcissist is grueling because they refuse to be on the receiving end of someone leaving them. Their superior narcissistic ego will not allow the possibility that there might be something wrong with them. So they try numerous push away abusive tactics followed by pull closer romantic methods to keep the spouse from separating. But, in contrast, if the narcissist decides to go then there is no stopping them.

Due to the exhausting...

Marriage

The Nightmare of Trying to Separate or Divorce a Narcissist

Narcissists are partially defined by their lack of intimacy with others. This is most clearly seen in a marital relationship. In a dating relationship however, narcissists appear to be very intimate, almost too much so, which is why a person easily and quickly moves from dating to marriage. Trying to separate or divorce a narcissist brings about a chaotic sequence of events.

Once the knot has been tied, the intimacy quickly evaporates leaving...

Family

How Forgiveness Changes a Person

Forgiveness is often prescribed as a remedy for healing from a traumatic experience. It is a very effective tool in bringing closure. Instead of remaining a victim, the offended person can regain control over a trauma by choosing a forgiving response. In many ways this destroys the offender's influence over the life of another and reinforces the empowerment of the offended.

However, too often forgiveness becomes a task on the counseling...

Coping Skills

How to Handle Controlling People

Can controlling people be successfully managed? It depends on the type of behavior and the willingness to try several tactics. A controller can be a friend, neighbor, boss, co-worker, spouse, or parent. Here are several ways to effectively deal with them.

Identify the type of controlling behavior. There are many ways a person can be unscrupulous. They can tell lies about the victim’s family members or friends in an attempt to create...

Exhaustion

30 Different Types of Controlling People

“This person is so controlling,” is stated about someone who instructs others on who they are, how they feel, what to think, and how to act. It is exhausting to be around this type of person. But how do they operate? Controllers tend to use the same tactic over and over in multiple environments. Once a person catches onto the method, it becomes easier to dodge. Here are 30 examples.

Aggressive – Physical...