In his great book Physical Abusers and Sexual Offenders [*affiliate link], Scott Johnson makes a wonderfully insightful statement. Read it and think about it carefully.
Psychological force and psychological abuse truly are similar phenomenon and I will use the terms interchangeably throughout the book. Force technically is abuse, and it seems needless to make a distinction between these terms.
Abuse is force. The abuser, in his entitled mentality, demands to control others and have power over them. To effect this, he uses all kinds of tactics, all of which involve some kind of force. Forcing someone to do or not do something is not always a bad thing. Pushing someone out of the path of an oncoming car to save their life, taking little Johnny by the arm when he is about to punch his little sister. Those are good uses of force. Self-defense is another. But the abuser uses…
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