In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to reveal the opposite of abusive power & control – the equality wheel.
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8 Indicators Of A Healthy Relationship – Equality Wheel
What do abusive people really want?
In my article “Power & Control – 8 Tactics Abusive Men Use To Control And Dominate”, I reveal that abusers seek to establish and maintain power and control over their partner. They want their partner to be extremely or totally dependent on them.
What, though, is the opposite of an abusive relationship?
Is it simply the absence of abuse?
Domestic violence and abusive behavior are more than just about violence and controlling behavior; they are also about the power imbalance – whereby the abuser has all the power. Therefore, a heathy relationship is about equality. It is about being equal but not being the same or a 50/50 split; it is about equal power and balance without one person being totally dependent on or controlled by the other and without intense fear for survival of self and loved ones.
Non-Violence & The Equality Wheel
The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minnesota, created an “Equality Wheel.” There are 8 spokes to the wheel that lead to non-violence and a healthy relationship.
Here are the 8 characteristics of equality in a relationship as identified in the Equality Wheel.
1. Non-Threatening Behavior
Talking and acting so that you feel safe and comfortable expressing yourself and doing things
The opposite to non-threatening behavior is Coercion and Threats: The abuser engages power & control over you by creating intense fear for your safety & survival.
Listening to you non-judgmentally
Being emotionally affirming and understanding
Valuing your opinions
The opposite to respect is Emotional Abuse – acts that degrade and humiliate you.
3. Trust And Support
Supporting your goals in life
Respecting your right to your own feelings, friends, activities, and opinions.
The opposite to trust and support is Isolation: By isolating you, the abuser establishes physical & psychological control over you.
4. Honesty And Accountability
Accepting responsibility for oneself
Acknowledging past use of violence
Admitting being wrong
Communicating openly and truthfully
The opposite to honesty and accountability is Minimizing, Denying, And Blaming: This involves actions that fall under the umbrella of Gaslighting.
5. Responsible Parenting
Sharing parental responsibilities
Being a positive, nonviolent role model for the children
The opposite to responsible parenting is Using Children – establishing power & control by making you afraid for your children – for their safety or having them taken away from you.
6. Shared Responsibility
Mutually agreeing on a fair distribution of work
Making family decisions together
The opposite to shared responsibility is Male Privilege: Treating you like a servant, degrading and devaluing you
7. Economic Partnership
Making financial decisions together
Making sure both partners benefit from financial arrangements
The opposite to economic partnership is economic abuse: The denial of financial resources.
8. Negotiation And Fairness
Seeking mutually satisfying resolutions to conflict
Being willing to compromise
The opposite to negotiation and fairness is Intimidation: Instilling fear in you and engaging in various actions to reinforce control over you.
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Patrick Wanis Ph.D.
Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert & SRTT Tyourapist
Anointed “The Woman Expert” by WGN Chicago, Patrick Wanis PhD is a renowned Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert who developed SRTT therapy (Subconscious Rapid Transformation Technique) and is teaching it to other practitioners. Wanis’ clientele ranges from celebrities and CEOs to housewives and teenagers. CNN, BBC, FOX News, MSNBC & major news outlets worldwide consult Wanis for his expert insights and analysis on sexuality, human behavior and women’s issues. Wanis is the first person ever to do hypnotherapy on national TV – on the Montel Williams show.