I can’t tell you how many people have come to me asking how to stop verbal and emotional abuse in a relationship.
The first step to ending this form of abuse is recognition. Face this behavior for what it is. Only then can you move forward towards healing.
Hi, my name is Michael and I am a guest blogger on Mort’s site. I know that when it comes to domestic abuse, physical violence tends to get a lot of press. Did you know, however, that its subtler cousin – emotional neglect – is just as common in marriage relationships?
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Symptoms of Verbal and Emotional Mistreatment
Many people assume that abuse goes hand-in-hand with physical injury. The truth is, like fists, words can leave a mark. Yet, while bruises can heal, mental and emotional scars last forever.
The effects of mind games and verbal neglect are staggering, from ruined self-esteem to extreme anxiety.
In some cases, this behavior can escalate to physical violence, and not just between spouses. Unfortunately, children are often caught in the crossfire.
Do you want to discover how to stop verbal and emotional abuse in your relationship?
First, open your eyes to the warning signs of abuse! Abusers use guilt, manipulation, shame, intimidation and threats to control their spouses.
To determine if any of these techniques are present in your marriage, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner?
- Do you feel threatened, humiliated, helpless or depressed?
- Do you feel as though you can do nothing right?
- Does your spouse belittle you?
- Does your partner have complete control over your calendar and bank accounts?
- Does your spouse ignore or disregard your achievements?
- Does your partner blame you for all of your marriage problems?
An affirmative answer to any or all of these questions might be an indication that you are a victim of spousal abuse.
You Can Break the Cycle
If you want to know how to stop verbal and emotional abuse, you should not only stop making excuses for your partner. You MUST find the courage to ask for help.
Attending counseling, even on your own, can equip you with the resources you need to identify types of abuse, confront your spouse, alter negative behaviors, and implement healthy habits.
Be careful, however, as you choose your therapist.
Many couples that attend traditional marriage counseling programs actually report worse results. Some still divorce in spite of every effort to remain together.
True recovery demands more than just a sympathetic ear. A marriage expert should have a team-centered focus, customized expertise, and a plan detailing how to end emotionally and verbally harmful behaviors for good.
Marriage Fitness is the solution that picks up where psychotherapy leaves off.
With Marriage Fitness, couples in crisis learn exactly how to stop verbal and emotional abuse by:
- Becoming more assertive
- Rebuilding self-worth
- Forgiving past mistakes
- Handling everyday stress
- Working through common problems
- Addressing workaholic patterns
- Replacing negative statements with encouragement
- Focusing on what works
- Stopping attempts to change each other
To date, Marriage Fitness has repaired hundreds of marriages in disarray, even those that seemed beyond all hope.
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