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Life is about CHOICES.
What if you could see into the future and understand the ramifications of those choices? Self-awareness is a critical step toward preventing intimate partner and domestic violence abuse.
Choices is an interactive series of relationship dramas which pose potentially abusive situations. After each situation is presented the drama is interrupted to give the user a choice of three possible choices as to how they would respond to the situation. The drama then resumes based on their choice.
Obviously, the strategy is to create a cognitive awareness as to the range of positive or negative consequences that can result from each type of behavior.
Power, coercion and control are the building blocks of abusive behaviors, but can controlling behavior be caused by jealousy, or is it a bit more complicated?
An interesting paper published in the US National Library of Medicine* reveals that the real culprit behind jealousy is actually distrust.
It describes the dynamics of jealousy as varying degrees of low self-esteem and insecurity, each associated with varying degrees of distrust. Relative to intimate partner relationships, jealousy is often caused by the perception of a romantic attraction to a potential rival. The longer low self-esteem and insecure emotions remain unaddressed, the greater the likelihood of jealous behavior.
Enhanced by today's digital world, distrustful behavior can be magnified by suspicious perceptions of what may be happening privately on an intimate partner’s personal device. Snooping through emails, text messages and social media are all typical symptoms of distrust and can easily cause an escalation of jealous behaviors that ultimately result in physical or non-physical violence or abuse.
All or Nothing