Understanding emotional abuse
When an adult is hurting you with their words or actions over ...
These conversations are 'tricky' by their very nature. This is because the behaviour issues might be subtle, and because you have a relationship that you want to maintain and protect.
Passive: “You win, I lose”
Assertive: “I win, you win”
Aggressive: “You lose, I win”
Passive-aggressive: “I lose, you lose”
In relationships that are genuinely respectful, ‘no’ is always a safe and acceptable answer.
This means that other people should accept ‘no’ from you – but don’t forget that you must respect ‘no’ from other people, too.
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