When you get married, you don't necessarily expect aggression; you expect quite the opposite: love, bliss and a "happily ever after" sort of life.
Most people probably think marriage aggression has to do with some sort of abuse—verbal, physical or even sexual. Though it is that, too,—most of the time the husband abusing the wife. In this article, we're talking about more of "passive-aggression" within a marriage.
1. Sharing private information about your spouse with other people
If your spouse has shared something private with you, and you share it with someone else as a way to get revenge (or for any other reason, for that matter), you are breaking his/her trust. You were told that in confidence because your spouse trusts you.
Telling others private information about your spouse can damage your marriage because trust is a huge part of a happy marriage.
2. Gossiping about your spouse to damage his/her reputation
It may be tempting to lash out or "vent" to your friends about something your spouse did that upset you. There are a couple of problems with this.
First, in a situation like this, it can turn into a worse situation if your friends (or family) add to the negative feelings you are currently having about your spouse with their own contributions. Complaining opens the door for more complaining.
Second, long after you and your spouse have resolved whatever issue you were having, friends or family may hang onto the past and hold it against your spouse, which can cause marital and friendship damage.
If you must talk through a marital problem with someone other than your spouse, talk to a professional who is qualified to help without hanging it over your heads later.
You can still love each other even when you disagree. It's harder when you've been hurt, but that's where communication, apologizing and forgiveness come in. Affection, intimacy and sex are vital parts of a marriage. Withholding it as leverage against your spouse is manipulative and destructive to your marriage.
You and your spouse are not always going to agree and will sometimes hurt one another. But, if you talk behind his/her back, sharing secrets or gossiping about him/her, give the silent treatment, or withhold your love, you're only going to make your marriage problems worse.
Find positive ways to solve problems together and give out apologies and forgiveness freely.
Wendy is a regular contributor for familyshare.com and does media reviews. Website: https://survivorshopeandhealing.wordpress.com/ for victims of sexual abuse. Blog: https://wendyejessen.wordpress.com Twitter: @WendyJessen