Saturday, December 9, 2017

Woman Getting All Defensive About Inherent Worth And Selfhood

Made me laugh! worth reading to see things from the other side of the street.
Woman Getting All Defensive About Inherent Worth And Selfhood: "“It’s like I can’t say a single cruel and demeaning thing without her getting touchy about her value as a human being,” said boyfriend Brad Larsen, adding that Resper gets “totally bent out of shape” every time he tries to completely discount what she wants to do with her life or clearly demonstrates that his needs are always going to be more important than hers. “Jesus, she’s so thin-skinned about constantly being told to be something she’s not. Seriously, I make the slightest attempt to diminish her or undermine any pride she may have in her accomplishments, and she just lashes out.”"

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Emotional abuse takes toll |

This woman understands but as if often the case--only after 20 years of taking it, does she finally "get it." Sigh. C, now is making a difference and speaking out--Do you or do the men in your life out? “You don’t know that all this domineering behaviour is actually domestic violence,” she said.
Emotional abuse takes toll | The Flinders News: "But burning most fiercely in her heart, is the need to recognise that non-physical abuse can take as much toll as the physical forms of coercion. “Mental cruelty can take the form of yelling, isolating you from friends and family, threatening you, controlling you and being constantly critical of you,” Claire said. “It is a shock to me that the worst form of domestic violence has the least penalty."

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Silent Treatment verses No Contact: | The Savvy Shrink

Lots of times the participants of our online workshop want to make sure they don't act the same way as their abuser when they defend themselves. This is the case with the Silent Treatment used by the abuser to punish their partner and the No Contact used by the target to protect themselves. No, it is not the same thing.

This is an article by the Savy Shrink that makes the distinction for you.
Silent Treatment, Ghosting, and No Contact: Telling It Like It Is | The Savvy Shrink: "Time and again people are confusing the concepts of silent treatment, ghosting, and no contact. These topics are deployed as relates to communication between dating partners, friends, family members, and colleagues, and not always with the best of intentions. So to further assist with defining each of these concepts, the purpose of said action, and the intended response by the “executioner” of such statements shall be the focus of this article."

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8 Keys to Handling Adult Bullies | Psychology Today

If your partner bullies you, here are some points to keep in mind--they work hand in hand with th Respect Me Rules.

8 Keys to Handling Adult Bullies | Psychology Today: "“Bullies win when you’re upset.” — NCAB A common characteristic of bullies is that they project their aggression to push your buttons and keep you off balance. By doing so, they create an advantage from which they can exploit your weaknesses. If you are required to deal with an adult bully, one of the most important rules of thumb is to keep your cool"

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Three New Graduates in Verbal Abuse Defense

We have three new graduates from our online course in Verbal Abuse Defence. We also have another guy who participated and he was quite insightful. It's true that abuse affects any type of couple and any gender--most often we hear of the man abusing the woman and certainly that is more common. But we can't forget the abusive women also--and we appreciate participation from any gender as we share the beauty of understanding the Miracle Principle.

Here are a few highlights from our participants:

Jamie T wrote this in what she wanted for closure, "I would like a divorce. His manipulation and controlling ways have such a negative effect on my ability to better myself and thus my family. As well as our children, they deserve a Father who is willing to do what is right for their betterment. I enable him to not change, we are no good for each other."

Dr. Marshall and I try to prevent couples breaking up if we can. Divorce is rough and if one hasn't dealt with the issues in this marriage--they often bring the same issues into the next. Jamie, we wish you well.

I loved what our guy graduate, SG, shared about detachment, "Detachment means separating myself from my wife's emotions, actions and behaviour. I am not responsible for any of those things, and they cannot affect my life more than I allow them to. Since I understand now that I am being abused, my priority is to ensure that I do not allow my wife to affect things important to me, while letting go of the idea that I can control or influence her into caring for me. Emotionally, financially, and otherwise, my life is my own and her life is her own. I will not attempt to harm her, I will not break my commitments, but I will also not try to make her behavior 'better', and I will not allow her to affect me."

KM is the final participant who earned a certificate this month. She was brief in her lessons, but right to the point. This is what she wrote about responding to her partner's abuse, "Do not respond. Take back your power. Yes, it makes sense. I have let him abuse me by not stopping it."

Your certificates have been emailed. Please print them out and frame them so you remember where RESPECT begins. It begins with you.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

What to do if you see domestic abuse in public.what kind of a jerk does that?

Seeing abuse in public is always hard on me. I want to help and yet I know that most partners really don't want help. They want sympathy--they want someone to talk sense into their partner, they want someone to make it stop. The thing is, only they can make it stop by demanding respect--they don't know they actually have the power it the relationship--they think it is the abuser.But the abuser abuses from a place of feeling ironic. So what kind of a jerk abuses? Teh kind who has no power.

This is a good article to read.
What to do if you see domestic abuse in public: "What? Who?

Between gasps, she explained that she and her boyfriend had just been in a fight, and it had ended with him storming off, taking her glasses with him. She had poor eyesight, and couldn't see well enough to find her way out of the park. To make matters worse, she wasn't from London, and her phone was dead.

She was stranded, far from home, and unable to see. No wonder she was so upset. What kind of jerk does that? I thought."

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Is Verbal Abuse Grounds For Divorce

Here is a woman being verbally abused with one I had not heard of before! The husband puts her down and calls her names all the time (well, of course, we've heard of that) but he also stores her cell number in his phone under the name "bitch." What would you do to set a boundary with this one?

Hmm, not answer the phone if it is under "bitch?"

Change my number? Not give it to him unless he uses my real name?

Get a shirt with the name "bitch" done in rhinestones and be proud of it?

Evewoman: Is Verbal Abuse Grounds For Divorce - The Standard:

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Woman told 'I hope you get raped' in shocking verbal abuse

I hear that Europe is getting worse for women being openly abused on the the streets in public and few are stepping up to defend them. One Mayor's answer (in Sweden) was for women to dress more moderately.  As long as we allow the verbal abuse with no repercussions--it can and will escalate to physical abuse. Demand respect right from the beginning and don't kow tow to the bullying and you help head it off at the pass. However, in today's politically correct world, we have few that are willing to be seen as "racist" --so if the abuser happens to be a minority race--guess what--you ladies are on your own!
Woman told 'I hope you get raped' in shocking verbal abuse at west London Underground station - Get West London: "Victoria Kember was travelling alone when she was subjected to a torrent of vitriolic abuse after confronting a group of men who catcalled her"

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Verbal abuse during pregnancy increases risk of postpartum depression: survey

Verbal abuse during pregnancy increases risk of postpartum depression: survey - The Mainichi: "The study indicates that postnatal depression occurs at a considerably high rate among pregnant victims of domestic violence. Postpartum depression is often seen over a period of several months from childbirth, with physical symptoms including insomnia and lack of appetite. It is said to affect one in 10 mothers. Because serious cases can lead to suicide or child abuse, a system began this month in Japan to have the central government and local bodies subsidize the cost of medical checks for mothers two weeks and one month after childbirth"

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Mobbed, but Thriving | Stop Bullying Coalition

We generally experience bullying from our spouses in interpersonal relationships--but here's a new look at being a target--it's called "mobbing" and Janice Harper outlines the problem in her book,  What to Do When They Really Are Out to Get You, (Tacoma:Backdoor Press, 2013). (paper) Essentially this about becoming the target of a group of people--why it happens and how to protect yourself.

Mobbed, but Thriving | Stop Bullying Coalition: "In order to " targets of group aggression find a safer and saner way to cope and overcome the brutality of bullying, mobbing and shunning," she wrote a book on mobbing. In it, Harper provides a perceptive analysis of aggressive group processes and how they interact with individual psychology and institutional settings. The book comprises an excellent review of human interaction patterns leading to mobbing, an analysis of the conditions faced by a mobbing victim in the workplace, and extensive practical advice to enable a victim to survive and avoid becoming a permanent victim. Harper presents essential down-to-earth guidance on how targets of mobbing can protect themselves emotionally, socially, and professionally."

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

New bill set to nail spouses who psychologically abuse their partners –Scottland

First France, then wales and England created laws against phycological abuse of a Scottland looks like they will join ranks with them.

Question: Would it be a good idea to have such a law in the US? I am torn. Since I know the only way to be abused mentally is to allow it--what happens to people who allow it? Do we create a dependent snowflake society where they need to punish people who make them feel bad? Or is this just a way to deal with bullies? It needs more thought. Read the article below for the details.
Nicola Sturgeon’s new bill set to nail spouses who psychologically abuse their partners – The Scottish Sun: "And it will clamp down on cases where people “coercively control” spouses or lovers. The First Minister launched the legislation yesterday as she met abuse survivors at a Glasgow Young Women’s Movement centre. She said: “I am proud that, as a society, we’ve come a long way from believing domestic abuse is only a physical act. “The psychological scars left by emotional abuse can have devastating effects on victims. This will help police and prosecutors hold abusers to account.” The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill will bring Scots Law into line with England and Wales. It creates an offence of “abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex-partner”."

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From the Netherlands: Jesus are Anti-Abuse

This is insightful. Becky is sharing about what abuse is and isn't and tells us that it is anti Jesus! What does that mean? Read her story--she walks the walk and I find this story sweet and worth reading.

The Ethics of Jesus are Anti-Abuse (Becky Castle Miller): "Sometimes women are being abused and don’t realize it, because their male partners are not ripping down cabinets and leaving bruises. It’s important to understand what abuse is: “A pattern of coercive control that proceeds from a mentality of entitlement to power, whereby, through intimidation, manipulation and isolation, the abuser keeps his target subordinated and under his control. This pattern can be emotional, verbal, psychological, spiritual, sexual, financial, social and physical.” "

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