Why This is Harmful to The Relationship
Bullying behavior by either partner is harmful to the relationship. It creates an atmosphere of fear, intimidation, and resentment. It also inhibits emotional honesty because partners need to feel “safe” (not punished or ridiculed) to honestly share feelings with each other or to be willing to make themselves emotionally vulnerable to each other. Closing yourself off to each other is always harmful to a relationship, creating emotional distance, lack of communication, and often escalation of normal marital conflicts.