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Why Trump Won't Give Up the Verbal Abuse
Donald Trump is many things. . . businessman, entertainer and politician. But did you know that he is a verbal abuser?
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The Verbal Abuse of Donald Trump

The presumptive Republican Candidate for President is a verbal abuser. Donald Trump has called his political opponents names like “hypocrite,” “weak,” “a pathetic figure,” “liar,” “choker.” And he relishes repeating nasty nicknames for his opponents: “Crooked Hillary,” “Lying Ted,” “Low-energy Jeb.”

I have seen and treated many targets of verbal abuse over my last forty years as a practicing psychologist. With Donald Trump as a candidate, we can all see the cycle of abuse playing out on the national stage.

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Part III: How to Take an Adult Timeout
The abuser is in a timeout from you when you can no longer hear, see or pay attention to the abuser. Your goal is to take a timeout as rapidly and as consistently as possible when your partner says something that is verbally or emotionally abusive.
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Why Trump Won't Give Up the Verbal Abuse
05/19/2016   
Elizabeth Nyblade, Ph.D.
Donald Trump is many things. . . businessman, entertainer and politician. But did you know that he is a verbal abuser?
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The Verbal Abuse of Donald Trump
05/18/2016   
Elizabeth Nyblade, Ph.D.

The presumptive Republican Candidate for President is a verbal abuser. Donald Trump has called his political opponents names like “hypocrite,” “weak,” “a pathetic figure,” “liar,” “choker.” And he relishes repeating nasty nicknames for his opponents: “Crooked Hillary,” “Lying Ted,” “Low-energy Jeb.”

I have seen and treated many targets of verbal abuse over my last forty years as a practicing psychologist. With Donald Trump as a candidate, we can all see the cycle of abuse playing out on the national stage.

read more...
Part III: How to Take an Adult Timeout
05/12/2013   
Elizabeth Nyblade, Ph.D.
The abuser is in a timeout from you when you can no longer hear, see or pay attention to the abuser. Your goal is to take a timeout as rapidly and as consistently as possible when your partner says something that is verbally or emotionally abusive.
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Part II: When Not to Take an Adult Timeout
05/11/2013   
Elizabeth Nyblade, Ph.D.

Continued from Part I

 


It is possible to abuse someone by withdrawing from them just as it is possible to abuse someone by approaching them and calling them names. It is completely inappropriate to withdraw from another person as a punishment when your only problem is that you didn’t get your way.



Don’t Take An Adult Timeout in These Circumstances:

  1. If you and your partner are having a pleasant exchange of opinions on a topic, but the other person does not agree with you, or does not agree to do what you want, it’s okay to postpone the conversation, pleasantly and by mutual consent. It is not okay to withdr...
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Part I: Why to Take an Adult Timeout
05/10/2013   
Elizabeth Nyblade, Ph.D.
A timeout for an adult is meant to accomplish the same goals as a timeout for a child. You can only be in control of yourself. One adult can’t effectively control another adult (except with approval) but an adult can go on a timeout for herself without permission from the other adult. One adult can deny another adult the pleasures of her own company, attention and approval. Therefore, an adult timeout can be an effective response to verbal or emotional abuse.
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Defining Verbal (and Emotional) Abuse
04/05/2013   
Elizabeth Nyblade, Ph.D.
Most victims of abuse are more likely to minimize or deny the problems, taking the blame themselves for the abusive behavior. Any behavior that threatens, intimidates, lowers the victim's self-esteem or curtails the victim's freedom is abusive. Dr. Nyblade defines and discusses verbal and emotional abuse
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