His withdrawal frustrated my mother who became resentful at his withdrawal.
It is undoubtedly frustrating to deal with passive-aggressive behavior, but you’ll find that a few moments spent defusing the situation will go a long way in improving the quality of your relationship so that the two of you can go back to enjoying the very best of each other.
Then a few minutes, hours or days later, hurtful remarks are fired at you as if out of the blue.
Once it becomes more uncomfortable to stifle these negative emotions than to express them, they come out quickly and with force, usually let out in mean-spirited verbal barbs full of blame and periods of silent moodiness.
Another cause of passive-aggressive coping mechanisms is spending a lot of time around other passive-aggressive people who have accepted the maladaptive communication style as the accepted norm.
It takes a special kind of woman to choose and marry a passive aggressive man. When I was a child my father was constantly withdrawing from my mother.