The Abuser's Reactions to Rebuke or Divorce
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"Listen! And understand! That terminator is out there. It can't be bargained with! It can't be reasoned with! It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!"....Kyle Reese, The Terminator, 1984
BETTER A POOR BUT WISE YOUTH THAN AN OLD BUT FOOLISH KING WHO NO LONGER KNOWS HOW TO TAKE WARNING.....Ecclesiastes 4:13 NIV
FOOLS MOCK AT MAKING AMENDS FOR SIN....Proverbs 14:9
FOOLS HAVE NO INTEREST IN UNDERSTANDING; THEY ONLY WANT TO AIR THEIR OWN OPINIONS...Proverbs 18:2NLT
AS A DOG RETURNS TO ITS VOMIT, SO A FOOL REPEATS HIS FOLLY.....Proverbs 26:11 NLT
BUT BECAUSE OF YOUR STUBBORNESS AND YOUR UNREPENTANT HEART, YOU ARE STORING UP WRATH AGAINST YOURSELF FOR THE DAY OF GOD'S WRATH, WHEN HIS RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT WILL BE REVEALED. GOD WILL GIVE TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO WHAT HE HAS DONE....Romans 2: 5-6 NIV
For more on this topic, please visit the Sections WHY THEY ABUSE, BETRAY, OR ABANDON YOU, THE SILENT PARTNER, SETTING & ENFORCING LIMITS & BOUNDARIES, REBUKING, REPENTING & APOLOGIES, HAPPIER HOLIDAYS, and REPROBATES & CUTTING TIES
It is truly a wonder to behold the amount of time, energy, and creativity that abusers and their Silent Partners will put into inventing an infinite variety of lame excuses to justify why they should be allowed to continue hurting others. How much easier and more constructive it would be to just re-direct and devote all of that effort into simply changing their behavior. But They Don't Want To. So, whether confronting your abuser, or reading about all of her ridiculous excuses, keep in mind that all you're really asking of her, and all she really has to do, is JUST STOP IT.
Here are the reactions we ourselves experienced when we began to set limits on our controlling or abusive relatives, as well as reactions other sisters have reported.
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I HAVE NO IDEA WHY YOU'RE MAD AT ME (SEE THE ARTICLE "SELECTIVE AMNESIA")
INAPPROPRIATE AND JUVENILE DISPLAYS OF ANGER- GRITTING TEETH, SCREAMING, SPEEDING UP THE CAR, NAME CALLING, HANGING UP THE PHONE, PUTTING THE PHONE DOWN AND WALKING AWAY WHILE YOU'RE STILL ON THE LINE AND THEN PUTTING IT ON THE HOOK SEVERAL MINUTES LATER, MIMICKING, IMITATING, OR MAKING FUN OF YOU WHEN YOU COMPLAIN OR CONFRONT HER, ETC.
ACCUSING YOU OF TRYING TO START AN ARGUMENT, YELLING AT HER, SCREAMING OR SCREECHING AT HER, OR DELIBERATELY TRYING TO UPSET HER.
BECOMING VINDICTIVE OR VAGUELY THREATENING-"YOU'D BETTER BE SORRY FOR WHAT YOU SAID", AS IF YOU HAD NO RIGHT TO CONFRONT HER. CRYING OR LAYING ON A GUILT TRIP-"i CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WOULD SAY SUCH A THING TO ME", "YOU DON'T LOVE ME", "HOW CAN YOU BE SO MEAN TO YOUR OWN MOTHER?"
'I CAN'T CONTROL MYSELF', 'THAT'S JUST THE WAY I AM', 'IT'S SUBCONSCIOUS', 'YOU KNOW I DON'T MEAN IT', 'I HAVE TROUBLE EXPRESSING MYSELF' AND VARIOUS OTHER MENTAL PROBLEMS (SEE THE ARTICLE 'SHE CAN'T HELP THE WAY SHE ACTS- SO YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT IT, FORGIVE HER ANYWAY, AND NOT EXPECT HER TO CHANGE.')
YOU MISUNDERSTOOD ME/ YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT/ YOU TOOK IT THE WRONG WAY (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE MYSTERY EXCUSE FOR ABUSE- VARIOUS VERSION OF 'YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT' WITH NO FURTHER EXPLANATION GIVEN')
REFUSING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE 3RS OF ACCOUNTABILITY- REPENTANCE, RESTITUTION, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.'
SHE'S OLD (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE OLD AGE EXCUSES: SHE'S OLD- THAT'S HOW THEY GET & HE'S OLD- SO HE'S ENTITLED')
BLAMING YOU (SEE THE ARTICLE 'DESPERATE MEASURES- WHEN THEY SENSE THEY'RE LOSING THEIR GRIP ON YOU- 5 SURPRISING WAYS OF KEEPING YOU ATTACHED.')
BLAMING SOMEONE ELSE
'I DID IT FOR YOUR OWN GOOD' (SEE THE ARTICLE 'SPIN CONTROL-MAKING ABUSE SOUND LIKE A GOOD THING')
'WE WERE BOTH WRONG' OR 'WE BOTH HURT EACH OTHER' WHEN IN REALITY THE VICTIM DID NOTHING WRONG AT ALL. (SEE THE ARTICLES 'THE 'CHRISTIAN' ABUSER- TWISTING GOD'S WORD TO JUSTIFY ABUSE' AND 'THE MYSTERY EXCUSE FOR ABUSE....')
TRIANGLING (ENLISTING SOMEONE ELSE AGAINST YOU)-(SEE THE ARTICLES 'THEY CAN'T ALL BE WRONG AND YOU RIGHT...OR CAN THEY?' and THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE: HANDLING THE FAMILY MEDDLER...OOPS, I MEAN "PEACEMAKER")
'I SAID I WAS SORRY' WITH NO CHANGE IN BEHAVIOR (SEE THE ARTICLES IN THE SECTION 'REPENTING AND APOLOGIES')
TELLING YOU THAT YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE'S BEEN GOING THROUGH OR WHAT'S GOING ON IN HER LIFE, AS IF THAT JUSTIFIES HER ABUSING YOU (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE MYSTERY EXCUSE FOR ABUSE...VARIOUS VERSIONS OF 'YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT' WITH NO FURTHER EXPLANATION GIVEN.')
TELLING YOU SHE HAS REPENTED TO GOD FOR WHAT SHE DID TO YOU, SO HER CONSCIENCE IS NOW CLEAR (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE CHRISTIAN ABUSER- TWISTING GOD'S WORD TO JUSTIFY ABUSE, PART 2')
TELLING YOU SHE HAS REPENTED TO GOD SO SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE ANY AMENDS TO YOU (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE 3RS OF ACCOUNTABILITY- REPENTANCE, RESTITUTION, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY')
TELLING YOU GOD FORGAVE HER AND SHE DOESN'T HAVE TO EXPLAIN HERSELF TO YOU OR RELIVE THE PAST (SEE ARTICLES IN THE SECTION ON 'FORGIVENESS- NOT NECESSARILY WHAT YOU THINK'.)
TELLING YOU GOD FORGIVES HER WHETHER YOU DO OR NOT.(SEE ARTICLES IN THE SECTION ON 'FORGIVENESS-NOT NECESSARILY WHAT YOU THINK')
TELLING YOU GOD FORGIVES HER SO YOU HAVE TO, AS WELL.(SEE THE ARTICLES IN THE SECTION ON 'FORGIVENESS-NOT NECESSARILY WHAT YOUR THINK')
TELLING YOU NOT TO 'JUDGE' HER WHEN YOU ARE CONFRONTING HER.(SEE THE ARTICLE 'YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO JUDGE ME- THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JUDGING AND REBUKING')
TRYING TO MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY (SEE THE ARTICLE 'DESPERATE MEASURES....')
'AFTER ALL I'VE DONE FOR YOU'(SEE THE ARTICLE 'AFTER ALL I'VE DONE FOR YOU'-TROTTING OUT THE 'YOU OWE ME' EXCUSE FOR ABUSE')
'YOU'RE TOO SENSITIVE'
'YOU TAKE EVERYTHING THE WRONG WAY' (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE MYSTERY EXCUSE....')
REFUSING TO HEAR YOU OUT 'I'M LEAVING IF YOU CONTINUE TO SPEAK TO ME LIKE THIS'
TURNING IT AROUND (GETTING ANGRY AT YOU FOR LETTING HIM KNOW HE UPSET YOU OR FOR SETTING LIMITS- TRYING TO MAKE YOU APOLOGIZE TO HIM!)
'I DID THE BEST I COULD' (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE SILENT PARTNER')
'YOU'RE THE ONE WITH THE PROBLEM' (SEE THE ARTICLE 'DESPERATE MEASURES....')
TELLING YOU OTHER PEOPLE THINK YOU'RE THE ONE WITH THE PROBLEM
TELLING YOU YOU'RE THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAS A PROBLEM WITH HER; EVERYBODY ELSE LOVES HER!
'YOU'RE ALWAYS COMPLAINING'
'NOTHING I DO IS EVER GOOD ENOUGH'
DISOWNING YOU, 'I HAVE NO DAUGHTER!' (SEE THE ARTICLE 'DESPERATE MEASURES....')
'YOU DESERVED IT!' OR 'YOU WERE ASKING FOR IT'
ESCALATING THE ABUSE NOW THAT HE KNOWS IT'S GETTING TO YOU.(SEE THE ARTICLE 'DESPERATE MEASURES....')
'LET'S KEEP THIS BETWEEN US' , 'DON'T TELL ________' (ABUSERS AND THEIR ENABLERS ARE ONLY ABLE TO CONTINUE THEIR ABUSE IF THERE IS SECRECY. THEY COUNT ON OTHERS BEING TOO INTIMIDATED TO EXPOSE THEM!) (SEE THE ARTICLE 'SPIN CONTROL- MAKING ABUSE SOUND LIKE A GOOD THING')
PRETENDING TO LOSE THEIR PATIENCE WITH YOUR COMPLAINTS-'JUST FORGET IT!' 'GET OVER IT!' (SEE THE ARTICLE 'THE MYSTERY EXCUSE....')
MINIMIZING THE OFFENSE, TELLING YOU YOU'RE MAKING A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT, OR MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL
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