Ms. Evans lists the following types of verbal abuse: withholding, countering, discounting, verbal abuse disguised as jokes, blocking and diverting, accusing and blaming, judging and criticizing, trivializing, undermining, threatening, name calling, forgetting, ordering, denial and abusive anger. She states that verbal abuse is a means of manipulating and excercising "power over." Verbal abuse prevents real relationships.
Ms. Evans goes on to describe each type of abuse, giving examples of each. She then sets forth detailed responses to each type of abuse in order to break the pattern.
If you recognize any of the above types of abuse in your relationships, this book is a 'must read.'
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