“As she breaks the silence, the upscale abused wife begins to feel affirmed and validated. The rationalizations she once relied on to sustain her within the marriage and to maintain the marital relationship begin to break down. Soon they become useless and obsolete. She slowly rejects them as she confronts the cognitive dissonance, the contradiction between her own knowledge and what she sees going on. It is remarkable yet not surprising that battered women have the highest tolerance for cognitive dissonance and can square two disparate realities that will never match – hatred and violence in a “loving marriage.” At this point the woman is relieved to step away from her self-deception.”


Susan Weitzman, Not To People Like Us: Hidden Abuse In Upscale Marriages
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Not To People Like Us: Hidden Abuse In Upscale Marriages Not To People Like Us: Hidden Abuse In Upscale Marriages by Susan Weitzman
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