Let Me Reach with Kim Saeed

Prisoner in prison cell

If you found yourself a prisoner of war, would you be content?  Would you lie dreamily about in your holding cell and consider yourself lucky?  If you found the gate open one day and no guard on duty, would you stay inside?

Of course not.

Yet, we often allow ourselves to be imprisoned by an abusive partner.

Emotional abuse in a relationship is a covert form of abuse.  In fact, it’s the same psychological warfare that’s used in military prison camps. Guards at POW camps know that physical compliance is difficult.  It requires physical exertion and, besides, it’s messy.  So, they often choose the easier path…one in which the prisoner not only accepts, but complies with every demand.

How do they do this?  Through emotional manipulation and abuse, which is used to control, degrade, humiliate and punish.  It’s meant to cause the victim to question their every thought and behavior. It…

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