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Is silence abusive

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โˆ™ 2008-10-20 11:59:54

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Silence can be abuse. It depends on the context or the situation. If a husband does not speak to his wife in any meaningful way and is intentionally trying to hurt or control her, that would be a form of abuse. On the other hand it could mean that the husband is distracted by stressful aspects of his own life and isn't aware or doesn't know how to reach out and share his feelings.

In a family setting, silence could be looked at as abuse for many of the same reasons. Or it could mean that a parent is distracted by financial problems or trouble at work and may not even be aware they are affecting other family members. A parent that intentionally tries to control or hurt another family member by withholding affection, approval or conversation may be abusive.

There are certainly examples when a parent turns inward because they are concerned with something potentially embarassing at work or financial problems at home and are negatively affecting family members unintentionally.

Children who are in abusive homes should reach out to other adults in their life such as a guidance counsellor or teacher at school. The important thing is to get help. Many abusive parents are that way because they grew up in abusive homes and don't know any other way of interacting in a family setting. Counselling can help the entire family - but the main thing is to get help.

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โˆ™ 2008-10-20 11:59:54

The silent treatment is abusive.

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