Childhood Emotional Maltreatment Causes Troubled Romantic Relationships, Studies Suggest
People who experience Childhood Emotional Maltreatment (CEM) are more likely to have troubled romantic relationships in adult years, according to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers.
In two separate studies, doctoral candidate Dana Lassri and Prof. Golan Shahar of BGU's Department of Psychology examined the stability and satisfaction of intimate relationships among college students with a history of CEM. The studies, published in the Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, suggest that emotional abuse as a child impacted relationship fulfillment due to self-criticism. Participants had an extremely strong tendency to bash themselves, and this interfered with their relationship satisfaction...
Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit
"Defensiveness is really a way of blaming your partner, which is saying in effect 'The problem isn't me; it's you.'" - Dr. John Gottman