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Dealing with an abusive wife

The term "an abusive wife" is not spoken about or even advertised in today's society. An abusive wife is one who belittles, fights, disrespects, criticizes, and emotionally berets their husband.

An abusive wife is demanding and controlling. Controlling another person is an abusive act. No one should be controlled to the point of abusiveness.

Most men will either ignore, or tolerate, this behavior for some of the same reasons an abused woman will. There may be children involved. The man may feel as though he loves his wife, or he can't leave her for a number of reasons.

Getting help in an abusive relationship

  • A man should seek counseling for himself and his wife. If the wife is unwilling to participate, a man should seek help for himself.
  • To avoid depression in an abusive relationship, start a network of other abusive husbands for support.
  • Setting boundaries with your wife can eliminate the need for her to be abusive.
  • Telling your wife that you are concerned about the abusiveness may deter her from treating you in this manner.
  • Creating an atmosphere of hope and trust may be another way to eliminate the need for abuse.
  • Prioritize your needs. It is not healthy to be continually abused.

Being mentally or physically abused lowers self-esteem. Re-creating a higher degree of self-esteem may take some time, but seeking help in a relationship where there is abusive behavior is beneficial to all involved.

Tolerating an abusive relationship should not be an option in any relationship. Seeking help through counseling may be a big step in taking back the dignity you deserve.

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