The best way to deal with men who behave with passive aggressive behavior is to employ the following tricks. There is a saying that Southerners use that I was not privy to being from the Midwest. The only way to call out passive aggressive behavior is to identify and recognize it is a power struggle that can only be won if you know who and what you fight.
Any time I did something embarrassing or appeared to be over my head what I would hear from those around me is “bless your heart.” Bless your heart is one of the most passive aggressive comments you can make. The next time someone makes a backhanded “supposed” complimentary or otherwise statement, don’t internalize it.
Whether the two of you decide to be casual or committed, set some clear boundaries.
For example, you should know if he wants to date other women beforehand instead of finding out in an unpleasant way.
Many people find it easier to “play the fool” and dance around issues instead of being honest and addressing their problems. "How To Handle Men’s Mind Games" was written February 2nd, 2009 by ladygina, and filed under dating, love and tagged dating, deceit, flirting, games, love, mind games. ↓ Read comments, respond or follow responses via RSS.
So, if you encounter a man who insists on “messing with your head” and no amount of prodding seems to work, it is probably time to move on.
The passive aggressive person has an underlying anger that gets lost in the communication they express. So, instead of driving yourself crazy acquiescing to the passive aggressive personality in your life, confront it.