Focus on Family: Marriage in Modern Life author Dr. Anne Brennan Malec discusses spouse bullying

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Dr. Anne Brennan Malec

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  • Understanding Spouse Bulling and Some Examples

Including manipulative behavior such as the silent treatment, temper tantrums, name calling, guilt trips, passive-aggressiveness, disrespectful comments, and financial bullying (according to a survey by Harris Interactive, as many as 1 in 10 individuals feel financially bullied or controlled by their spouse).


  • Are You Being Bullied in Your Marriage? What are the signs?

Does your spouse ridicule or tease you? Does he or she make verbal threats? Does he or she isolate you from your family or friends? These are just a few of the determining questions.


  • Bullying by Withholding Sex and Affection or Demanding Intimacy

Yes, withholding sex and/or demanding intimacy at will is a definite form of spouse bullying. Dr. Malec can discuss why this happens, the bully’s motives, and how to overcome.


  • Knowing When Enough is Enough

How to make the difficult decision to stay in the marriage and work through it, or walk away.



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