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Does Your Partner Drive You Nuts? The Passive Aggressive Personality

Asking your mate to empty the dishwasher should theoretically be totally devoid of drama or tension. It's just one of many chores necessary to keep your home functioning–right? However, with a passive aggressive personality, any situation has the potential to go from the trivial to emotional combat. It started with the simple question from my wife, Ellyn, “Pete did you empty the dishwasher?” I didn't respond but begrudgingly left the History Channel and headed for the kitchen, knowing I had agreed to do it before now.   Click here for a FREE report on Passive-Aggressive Behavior!… Read more...

Interview with Ellyn Bader

by Richard Landis, Ph.D. This article was originally published in the Spring 2004 issue of The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter. Dr. Ellyn Bader is Co-Founder & Director of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA. They are often considered to be among the leading experts in couples' therapy training the world today. Dr. Bader spent eight years on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. She and her husband are the authors of the classic “In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy,” and most recently, “Tell Me No Lies.” While she was preparing for this spring's conference, “Challenging Couples, Challenging Therapists,” I spoke with Dr.… Read more...
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