Yes. Things like the “silent treatment” or withholding affection can create fear.. a “walking on eggshells” effect that leads to hyper vigilance so as not to upset the abusive partner. Belittling, … minimizing feelings… claiming “you’re too sensitive …” these work to make you question your reality.

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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .