Her Husband Repeatedly Threw Emotionally Abusive Tantrums, but When She Told His Parents the Truth About His Behavior, She Worried She’d Gone Too Far

A woman recently asked if she’d been wrong to become emotional with her in-laws over her husband’s childish behavior. Here’s her story.

He was childish

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“My husband throws massive temper tantrums and then shifts the blame to other people when things go wrong,” the woman began.

She’d given him a final warning

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“I’ve told him that this is something I can’t handle anymore, and if he gets nasty again, I’m making us an appointment for marriage counseling.”

It was a massive fight

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The woman said that their last big argument lasted 36 hours. Her husband had accused her of not accepting his behavior. She’d replied that it was because he was emotionally abusive. He told her that she was emotionally abusive for calling him emotionally abusive.

And so on.

He wouldn’t let it go

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Whenever there was a lull in the argument, the woman’s husband would provoke her by saying, “Well, it’s okay for you to do such-and-such.”

She’d had enough

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Eventually, the woman snapped and told the man she was sick of him playing the victim when it was him who repeatedly resorted to name-calling and belittling whenever he couldn’t get his own way.

He got his mom involved

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The man responded to this by calling his mother and saying, “Am I wrong, Mom?” He then called her again and started saying, “Help, Mom! She won’t leave me alone! She won’t go away.”

They came, and he went

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The woman’s in-laws came over. By this point, she was exhausted and didn’t know what was going on. Her husband suddenly announced he was going for gas and left.

It was horrible

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The situation was awkward. The woman’s in-laws’ wouldn’t make eye contact with her, and then they went to leave.

She said sorry for him

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The woman ran after them, apologizing for her husband involving them but also saying that she wanted his childish behavior to stop.

Their response was perhaps telling.

Her mother-in-law mumbled

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Her father-in-law said nothing, while her mother-in-law twiddled her thumbs and muttered something about not wanting to get involved but that “everyone says things they don’t mean sometimes.”

She implored them to see her side

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At this point, the woman started bawling at her mother-in-law, saying that the level of anger and verbal and emotional abuse she was being subjected to wasn’t normal. She also said that her mother-in-law only ever heard half the story and that there was no excuse for her son’s behavior.

She thought she’d gone too far

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Her mother-in-law said nothing, but she was clearly very angry. Feeling she’d said too much, the woman abruptly stopped shouting and fled inside her house.

She asked the internet

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The woman felt dreadful afterward. She felt she’d ruined the relationship with her in-laws and didn’t know how she could ever face them again. She asked the internet for advice.

The internet responded

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The internet backed the woman and urged her to take action. ”Your husband is an emotional vampire,” said one. “That your in-laws acted the way they did tells you they know his behavior. If he cannot go to therapy with you, get out.”

“You weren’t hysterical; you were emotional because your adult husband can’t communicate effectively, calls his parents for backup, and then literally runs away,” said another. “This isn’t tenable.”

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