Verbal abuse, the use of words to hurt can also be accomplished by refusing to communicate. When your spouse dismisses your feelings through a lack of communication you are being verbally abused.
Refusing to talk about or validate your feelings is just as abusive as using words to put you down or humiliate you. Your spouse may give you the silent treatment or belittle you for having certain feelings.
Doing so minimizes you and your feelings. When your feelings are minimized in such a way, you eventually learn to ignore your own feelings. You end up ignored by your spouse and yourself.
How do you know if your feelings are being dismissed?
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