Relationships are complex and demanding. It is normal to have expectations. Nevertheless, as changes occur expectations are impacted. These shifts will often lead to disappointment and strong emotions. Intense arguments are not uncommon when relationships go through transitions. Being able to communicate differences and find a common ground is essential to maintaining a healthy relationship. Conflicts and misunderstandings related to meeting needs, finances, trust and commitment can often ignite angry responses. Unfortunately, as conflicts intensify angry responses will occur more regularly with increasing intensity.
Anger in Relationships
Here are common forms of anger in a relationship: 1. Passive Aggression: You withdrawn and ignore responsibilities to the other party. You profess that everything is fine, yet inside you are hurt and angry. You say you will accept a responsibility and do not follow through. 2. Sarcasm: You make fun of your partner or give sarcastic answers to important questions. You may make fun of the other person or situation. Your humor is biting and disrespectful. 3. Ignoring: You refuse to interact with the other party. You continue to avoid the other person with the hope they will beg you to interact. You perceive your lack of response as a "punishment" and hope it will persuade your partner or friend to do things your way. 4. Resentment/Opposition: You actively oppose the other person even if they attempt to compromise. You actively lack empathy and understanding for the issues and needs of your partner or other person in the relationship. 5.Aggression: You intimate the other person with verbal and physical threats. All these actions are clearly intended to harm the other person both physically and emotionally. When anger escalates it puts the relationship in danger as well as doing harm to both the aggressor and recipient of the angry behavior. Inappropriate anger can and will result in barriers to healthy and intimate relationships.
Seeking Help If you perceive that a pattern of angry behavior has harmed a relationship, it is time to seek professional help. Resolving anger will help to rebuild your relationship and can lead to a healthier and more intimate relationship.