Therapeutic Issues in Couples Therapy with Emotional/Verbal (Psychological) AbuseMoshe Rozdzial, PhD, LPC*
Intimate partner (domestic) abuse is a pattern of intentional physical, emotional, verbal (psychological), and sexual mistreatment to gain and maintain differential power and control within an intimate relationship. Verbal and emotional abuse in relationship are part of a range of coercive behaviors and tactics that include domestic violence, but, without direct physical harm, are often dismissed, as there are no legal ramifications, yet, have deep psychological harms to the victim, including depression, isolation, fear, and guilt, and vulnerability to various health issues.
Infidelity by powerful men is not far from the headlines. Yet, regardless of age or race, both men and women cheat. The statistics of infidelity in monogamous relationships range widely from reports that about 28-60 percent of married men and 14-40 percent of married women being unfaithful. The higher rates or recent infidelity statistics probably represent more current data as a result of internet and proximity applications that make infidelity more anonymous, accessible, and affordable. So why is it that infidelity is more skewed towards males?
Most common indicators of infidelity seem to focus on men’s emotional dissatisfaction. Dr. Gary...
Relationship counseling in my Denver, Colorado, couples therapy, marriage counseling, and sex therapy practice:
In our culture, we do not have formal education on relationships, communication, or
parenting. Couples often do not have the tools on how to relate to each other and
Many problems in relationships stem from inexperience or difficulty with conflict.
Family history has taught each partner different ways or rules of relating and
dealing with conflict. For example, one partner's family may have yelled to resolve
issues, while the other's family avoided conflict entirely. Each partner expects the
other to automatically abide by these unspoken rules.
In relationship, each person brings his or...