Are you caught in an abusive relationship?

… here is an excerpt on abuse from “The Nude Ethicist: A Simple Path to The Good Life.”™

A Rising Moon Press Publication.

Chapter Three, The Fab Four p.50
Respect rests upon a foundation of care and consideration. It cannot co-exist with abuse. Abuse of any kind is disrespectful. And self-abuse is the most elemental form of disrespect.

All three issues - honor, boundaries and abuse - converge together whenever anyone crosses one of our boundaries without our permission. And layered on top of these issues are the ever-present elements of power, control and fear.

Whenever you feel in the slightest way uncomfortable, in an elevator or crowd, in an intimate setting, in a family gathering, in a legal or medical procedure, or even in a simple conversation, you can be certain that something or someone has just crossed one of your boundaries without your permission.

If you don’t stand up and say, “No, this is not comfortable for me. What you’ve just done or said is not all right,” then you allow yourself to be abused, and that, in reality, means you’re abusing yourself. Saying no is never easy. It’s often scary, terrifying, even unthinkable and seemingly beyond reach. But if you don’t stand up for yourself, who will?

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