I don't mean that in a patronizing way. But here's the thing - my boyfriend has a problem with expressing himself. When it comes to the more serious/deeper things, he keeps his feelings/thoughts inside, and has to be prodded to get them out. I have to encourage him to talk (atlough admittedly, sometimes I just get annoyed by it, and get mad) He says he has a hard time to express himself, and I can see the struggle. It makes me feel bad for him, and makes me worry, and also can cause some frustration on my part at the same time. I know he has a lot of emotions. He shows it in his face, his actions, etc. and I've seen him cry a couple of times since we've been together. He's VERY sweet, loving, etc. and shows he cares. He tells me he loves me, so that's all fine. It's just when it comes to more serious stuff, and when in conflict situations. I've NEVER seen someone so passive in conflict situations, which also worries me. :| I guess I'm just wanting to help him to express himself, and also to not be so passive, because it seriously worries me. Any insights/opinions/tips/what-have-you? All I can think to do is to encourage him, but then I feel like I'm patronizing him, and sounding like his shrink.