Bystanders usually fear either physical, social, or legal consequences for reporting abuse or attempting to intervene...which usually results in abusers having a sense of invulnerability. And once an abuser feels invulnerable they'll continue the abuse relentlessly, until they go too far and...

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It tends to start out as little put-downs disguised as jokes and can eventually lead to full verbal barrages intended on striking fear into the person on the receiving end. Verbal abusers tend to have insecurities within themselves or doubts of adequacy which they tend to impress on others...

For more information on verbal abuse and ways to cope or prevent it, read chapter 5 "Abusive Partners & Self-Esteem" in my book entitled "You're Worth It" that is available for download here: www.smashwords.com/books/view/24495.

Well what can you do then? If you're planning on living in the same area it's important to change up your routine. Take new and different routes to work, avoid places that you and your abuser may have frequented or that they know you frequent. Change your appointments that they may know...

There are many people who can't or don't know how to handle economic problems from an emotional standpoint. Not knowing how to cope when things get rough, they lash out at their partner when their partner truly ISN'T the issue! Sometimes these abusive persons feel that since they're the one...

Anon asks: I need your advice on how to cope with jealousy. I have this friend who — let's say it — is (getting) hot as hell. I usually don't care but I'm starting to struggle with the hundreds of compliments and eyes he gets on a day which clearly makes me feel like shit. Jealousy is...

 

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