Great relationships – marriages, friendships, children and parents - hit a rough patch now and then. They are healthy ones based on respect and caring in which ground rules are occasionally readjusted naturally, though perhaps uncomfortably, through disagreement and conciliation. They're the kind relationships that nurture, that last, the kind you want.
But if you refrain from saying or doing something because you're afraid of your partner's or friend's emotional reaction, it's time to take a closer look at that relationship.
People who manipulate others emotionally (with or without physical threat) have as their goal dominance in the relationship. But it takes a willing subject to be manipulated.
Marilyn Miller, MS, LPC ~ Psychotherapist
...Delighting every day in helping people find peace in their lives, relieving anxiety, depression, and promoting self-care.