Manipulation happens when you are trying to make the other person feel like they are in the wrong. A.Z. used to turn the tables on Carla and ask her if she saw how she was acting and make her look like a crazy, out of control woman. The way he was looking at her, to begin with, he knew he was wrong, but then he would act oblivious to it.
He would use the excuse that he didn't do anything; he didn't yell at her to trigger the way Carla was acting. A.Z. would continuously do that and make Carla question whether or not she was crazy. The way that A.Z. used to show up in the relationship was bleeding into the way that Carla was showing up in other areas of her life. When he intimidates her in those ways, it can erode her confidence. It also affected the way she communicated with other men because of their body language.
The intimidation was still there and wired in her head; A.Z. was a bad influence on her. As couples, we can erode each other's confidence, ambitions, and goals as opposed to building them up. It's through the way we see ourselves, and we get frustrated and lash out at the other person. They feel they have been mindful of where to draw the line, and sometimes Carla is a habitual line crosser, but not to a point where she is cursing, she is venting.
You see couples in public yelling at each other, and if they can't contain themselves outside of their home, you only see a fraction of what their home life is like. The intensity of how A.Z. and Carla go at it is only a fraction of what people see. Behind closed doors it can get more intense, it doesn't cross certain lines though, not that it makes it right.
You can't control the other person; you can only control yourself and figure out why you are lashing out at that person. A.Z. used to be oblivious to the looks he would give Carla, but now he is aware. Carla feels that now they are more intuned with themselves and how they treat each other.
Carla tries to talk herself down now and determine what is making her so angry in the moment. It usually is feelings from the past bubbling up. She has to stop and realize that she isn't the same person she used to be and either is A.Z. He doesn't intimidate her in a way that makes her feel she doesn't have a voice; how she feels is how she feels, and she isn't afraid to speak up.
When men try to apply pressure through intimidation, they expect a woman to back down for their agenda. When a woman doesn't back down, they don't know how to react, and they aren't even aware they were trying to intimidate her. Men won't treat other men that way. They automatically think the woman is being mean and turns it, so she feels she is aggressive when she was only not giving in to his intimidation.
Men don't realize that they are continually trying to disempower women by questioning them. Another way is when a man familiarly addresses a woman by calling her sweetheart, which unintentionally puts a woman in a position of less than. You call a little girl sweetheart, not a grown woman, in business.
If you are a woman and are continually being addressed like that, how do they see you, and how are you showing up? You are giving a man that energy that it is okay for him to call you that; you are helpless and need them to call you that. You need to put a stop to it, and they will be aware that it isn't appropriate or appreciated.
Working together all day, there is a balance of respect and knowing what is appropriate at work and home. Carla loves when A.Z. gets home and treats her like his lover and calls her Sweet Cheeks, but at work, he would never talk to her like that. It is a matter of respect, and they have had that conversation.
Carla used to use A.Z.'s past against him and everything she knew about him as a weapon. A lot of men are in that position where their women have their balls and stripped them of their power. A.Z. felt that way in the past because of his failures, and he was in a different space.
Carla struggled with her role as a business owner with her husband and being vulnerable with him at home. She was afraid to allow herself to go to that place again.
Remember to Subscribe, Rate, and Review this podcast at www.dothework.com or your favorite podcast provider. If you send A.Z. a copy of your review, he will send you some Do the Work gear. Sometimes these podcasts can be hard to make, especially if it is in the heat of the moment and recently happened in their relationship. They come at each other hard, and they have to let it all out before they go live.
When they started the podcast a few years ago, they would walk away, still heated. They have come too far and have gone too deep now to allow this ever to wedge their relationship. They are powerful enough to overcome, and that is the crucial difference to who they were and who they are now. Even though they have some heated moments, it is only a fraction of the time, and they can overcome.