Opinions And Social Pressure: Coping With An Abusive Relationship

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Authority’s influence and the level of support for the abused woman determine whether or not a woman stays with her spouse. Obedience influences the prolonged abusive relationship. In the psychology study Opinions and Social Pressure, Asch explained, “. . . those who choose the path of compliance are unable to free themselves as the ordeal is prolonged” (Asch 21). If an individual conforms and submits to those around them, they are ensnared by conformity rather than disagreeing with the majority. Once abused individuals acquiesce to the authority of the abuser, they have difficulty liberating themselves and opposing the abuser. The longer the pattern of compliance occurs, the more trapped individuals are. While the subjects of both Asch …show more content…
In the journal Coping With An Abusive Relationship: I. How And Why Do Women Stay?, the results of a comprehensive study reveal, “. . . abused women who remain with their partners may be doing so by cognitively structuring their situation in such a way as to view their relationships in a positive light” (Herbert, Bennett, Silver, and Ellard 321). Women rely on coping with their situation in lieu of breaking away from the relationship. They then are unable to realize the detrimental nature of the abuse. Those women merely view the positive aspects where they may feel happy and suppress the negative portions of the relationship. As the article Domestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Abusive Relationships explains, “Your abuser’s apologies and loving gestures in between the episodes of abuse can make it difficult to leave” (Smith and Segal). Women observe that the love they receive outweighs the abuse, and thus, they remain in the relationship. This traps women into a cycle of love and abuse, unable to release themselves. Conversely, the perspective of the relationship differs when examining verbal abuse: “The more frequently verbal abuse was experienced, the less capable women seemed to be of appraising their relationships positively” (Herbert, Bennett, Silver, and Ellard 321). Verbal …show more content…
The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg, illustrates the consequences of abuse and staying with the abuser. Victims are not at fault for staying with their abusive spouse, for the abuser deliberately manipulates and traps them. In addition, women are restricted by society’s stereotypical images of women. In order to liberate abused women, the abuser must be hindered from utilizing abusive tactics that reduce self-esteem and the ability to leave harmful relationships. Most importantly, these abused women require much support from outside sources in order to gain strength, obtain confidence, and realize the true detrimental nature of their relationship. Without any assistance, women will remain passive and unable to break away from their

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