Do I really deserve this silent treatment from my dad?

Perth, Australia
January 24, 2023 6:38am CST
I love my family. I've said this many times. But some of them have treated me in a way that's not justified or even valid as I didn't do anything wrong. I often sit back and wonder why does this happen to me. Is it because I'm quiet? Easy to walk over? An easy target? Whatever this is, it's affecting my mental health. I could give you all so many examples but it's an extremely long list. So I will just explain what happened last night. Just a heads up, this is a little bit about animals being hurt. The cat mentioned is fine though! But just a heads up anyway in case you're sensitive to the topic like me! Years ago I asked my dad if could please stop talking to me about things he reads on the news to do with animals being hurt. Even if the outcome is good I don't want to listen about animals being abused or abandoned etc as it makes me really sad. Over the years, he has never stopped. "I read a box of puppies was left at the side of the road" or "I just read a sad story of a horse being beaten" or "This story has a good ending but....blah blah" so I ask again nicely that I don't want to hear it anymore. I know this stuff happens but I don't want to hear it. It rattles my day knowing how animals can get treated and I hate how I can't do anything about it. Last night, my dad comes sits next to me on the lounge and says he wants to show me a video. Without any warning except for the usual "This has a good outcome don't worry" he faces his laptop towards me and hits Play. It was a cat tied to it's leash and it jumped off a roof and it was accidentally hanging itself. Two people did run to it's rescue but how many times must I explain this. I'm happy there were people there but now that image of that poor cat being strangled is stuck in my head and then having intrusive thoughts of what could have happened if no one was there. I looked away and he was like "It's ok the two people saved it!" I said "yeah yeah I know I just don't want to watch." Then he starts yelling and throws his laptop on the ground (didn't break, wasn't that hard) "I wouldn't f*cking show you something if the outcome was bad...." He goes off into his room and I THINK he called me a "Paranoid f*ck." It is the next night and I am getting the silent treatment. I've had this silent treatment many times when I know I didn't deserve it. When I was little it used to make me sad. As an adult, I still get sad but for myself that I'm being treated this way and I get very angry. This is emotional abuse no? And immature? Shouldn't the anger be the other way around? I love my dad. I love my brother. But if I was in a position to live by myself, I'd do it. This isn't good for me mentally. This isn't classed as normal behaviour.
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@moffittjc (109965)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Jan
It's downright immature and irresponsible. And I guess that can be considered a form of emotional abuse if it's constant and constant. If it just happens every now and then without any real pattern, then it could be argued against being emotional abuse. But either way, he's not respecting your wishes, considering he knows you don't like it. I'm sorry you have to go through this at home. If I had the money to fly you over here to live with me, then I'd have you on the first flight out of Australia.
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@florelway (22303)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Jan
Your dad knows beforehand how you feel about those yet. he still do it. Something is wrong with him. Is he a saddist? He feels good looking someone is suffering. It's emotional battering. I sympathize with you if you can only get out of that house and live on your own... What's your mother's reaction?.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@moffittjc You are sweet Jeff. I'm not in any danger and this isn't an every day thing. But when it happens, it's very dramatic and drawn out. And I don't understand why he is like this and can have reactions the way he does. There is stuff he has done and said (more when I was a child) that I will never forget. This behaviour doesn't much how he is normally is the best way I can explain. Thank you so much for reading and answering.
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@florelway (22303)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
27 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 Do you have a sister? It's important to have someone whom you can personally talk and share your sentiments.
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@just4him (272768)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jan
I'm so sorry he showed you that and then treated you in that manner. It's not fair to you. Yes, it's emotional abuse and immature on his part.
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@just4him (272768)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 Don't expect an apology. Men rarely give them.
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@just4him That actually made me chuckle. Thank you Valerie.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@just4him Thank you very much for reading and your input. I appreciate it. We are talking now but I never got an apology. I am almost certain he feels bad about it but a verbal apology would be nice.
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@RebeccasFarm (84702)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
25 Jan
I understand you Dani. I think you would be better away from that behavior. I am sorry it happens to you..you surely do not deserve that.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
30 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 I also understand that.
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• Perth, Australia
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@RebeccasFarm Thank you kindly. He is a great dad otherwise I can promise you that. I just don't like these moments. I don't understand it and don't like how I get treated.
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@LadyDuck (426959)
• Switzerland
24 Jan
I am sorry Danielle and I understand your sentiments even too well. I cannot read stories of abused animals and if I see a video I am sick for days and I cannot sleep because the video sticks in my mind. Your father should understand, he is the one immature, not you.
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@LadyDuck (426959)
• Switzerland
28 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 - I do not believe that your father is the kind of man to apologize.
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@LadyDuck It's weird. It's a hit and a miss is the best way I can explain. He can do it but I could count more times him not saying sorry than actually saying sorry.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@LadyDuck I am exactly like you so I get where you are coming from. I believe he feels bad about this and we are talking now but I would still appreciate an apology. I don't believe I'm going to get one. Thank you for reading and your answer Anna.
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@JudyEv (300898)
• Rockingham, Australia
24 Jan
That is mental abuse. i don't know why people feel the need to engage in this.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@JudyEv I don't get it. He is a great dad in every other aspect! Like he really is. It's just this for whatever reason and I've never understood it. It's quite childish! Thank you for reading Judy.
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@Treborika (5426)
• Mombasa, Kenya
24 Jan
I bet you don't deserve it. I am so sorry for learning that all this awful is happening unto you. Even if you a quiet that should not be the issue at all. I wonder why they don't respect you.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@Treborika I don't get it either. It happens quite a bit with some people I know in the family and friends. So it's why nowadays I seem to be more hostile towards people because I'm getting tired of being kind only to be hurt. I cannot control the correct balance at the moment. Thank you for reading and for your comment!
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@Treborika Leave other things? What do you mean sorry?
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@Treborika (5426)
• Mombasa, Kenya
27 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 I feel you so much. Otherwise you just leave other things
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@GardenGerty (149153)
• United States
25 Jan
I do not like those types of things either. They make me cringe.I am sorry he treats you that way.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@GardenGerty Me too. It just becomes an image that's hard to shake out of my head so I understand. Thank you kindly Heather.
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@marguicha (199201)
• Chile
24 Jan
Is it too expensive to rent a room? Do you work?
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@marguicha (199201)
• Chile
27 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 I hope you get a job soon. You will be better by yourself.
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@marguicha Thank you very kindly.
• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@marguicha The price various but I believe the deal here is that you can only rent a place / room if you have had a job for at least 6 months. Or if you are studying. Not sure. I'm not in danger. I just need my own space for my mental health. I am slowly but surely having things connect in getting a job. Soon as I can get a job, that will be great.
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@MALUSE (69981)
• Germany
24 Jan
Can't you get help from the community where you live or the church if you belong to one to get a room for yourself? I can't imagine that it is really impossible for you to move out.
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• Perth, Australia
24 Jan
@MALUSE I'm not being abused. For the places you speak of would be for those who are living in danger really. I'm not in physical danger.
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@marguicha (199201)
• Chile
24 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 From what you write, you are being abused psychologically. Yor Dad doesn´t neet to hit you in order to abuse you.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@marguicha I know and you are right. I just mean, I wouldn't ever bother a place like a church or anything like that when my dad's behaviour isn't an every day occurrence. There are people out there going through such hell on an every day or weekly basis. I can say I am grateful I'm not suffering like that. This behaviour from my dad is every now and then. It just does my head in. Also because the emotional abuse cause last days or even over a week over something that could have been easily fixed in one minute. I still believe that the day I can move into a place by myself will be great for me mentally though. To have my own space.
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@Hannihar (125871)
• Israel
24 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 That is very sad that he will not respect you when you tell him you do not want to hear those stories even if it may turn on fine in the end. To give you silent treatment is very immature. You are right it is not normal behavior. What if you walked out of the room when he wants to talk about those stories or show you videos? How would he react? Too bad you cannot afford to live on your own but you cannot so is there a way you can deal with it when it bothers you?
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@Hannihar Thank you for understanding me. If I just walked out of the room, I already know I would get in trouble for that too. I don't know what it is about me that when I finally have a voice and stand up for myself, even if it's still done kindly to some people, I still get in trouble for it. I don't understand. The best I can ever do is just wait and ride it out until he stops being immature. A big man child.
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@Hannihar That is ok Hanni. I was just explaining and venting. Thank you for reading. My Dad is actually a nice man and a great Dad. He just has this behaviour sometimes that is unfair and sometimes very invalid and I don't understand why he can get like that. But yeah, if I could have my own place, I'd be a lot happier I'm sure. Hang in there Hanni and same to your little Sophie!
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@Hannihar (125871)
• Israel
29 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 I am the last person to answer that question. I have no answer either. I have my own demons that will not leave us alone. Sophie is harassed because she is mine. He sounds like he does not care and by the way, he treats you he does not have feelings to understand how you must feel when he acts that way. Too bad you cannot afford to move out and get away from him and take your cat with you.
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@Sojourn (13846)
• India
24 Jan
That's too harsh from your dad, but I guess deep down he will feel the regret of saying those things to you, let just time pass.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@Sojourn Thank you very kindly for reading and for your awesome advice. It's the best I can do really. There have been times I get angry and explode over his immaturity while other times I stay in my bedroom and hardly come out and wait for it to pass. But this isn't normal either way. We are talking now. I just wished he could have said sorry at least.
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@Sojourn Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. I wish I could agree with you on your very last sentence. There's quite a list on things I'm still waiting on an apology for. I don't really like that. I really appreciated your answers regarding this. You are a clever cookie.
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@Sojourn (13846)
• India
28 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 Male ego is a big thing. It is hard for them to accept their mistakes. But he will eventually do that.
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@CarolDM (201911)
• United States
24 Jan
I hope you can live on your own one day soon. You so deserve your own space.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@CarolDM Thank you for that Carol. I hope so too. I love my dad very very much and he is a good dad don't get me wrong. But for whatever reason, he can be such a baby and dish out this type of emotional abuse over weird things. I don't understand it to be honest.
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@CarolDM I have wondered that myself. Like maybe something before I was born. I'm not sure. Thank you again.
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@CarolDM (201911)
• United States
27 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 You are very welcome. It is hard to figure out. Maybe something happened along the way you are not aware of. Either way, I am sorry for you.
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@MarieCoyle (11477)
25 Jan
This is not acceptable behavior, why is he doing this? Does he just like to see you be uncomfortable and sad and upset? Can you leave? I couldn't live like that. I've spent years rescueing pets. I couldn't handle that, either. I'm so sorry he is doing that, but he needs some help. It's just not healthy to be around him.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@MarieCoyle It's a very tricky thing for me to understand. My dad is a great dad. He does so much for me and he is emotional and caring. But for some reason, there are certain times he can be impatient or become immature over such small things. I've known this since I was a child and I have a feeling he has been this way before I was born. And the way he can handle things is just over the top. He has done some things that are hard to talk about. Wasn't really towards me, it was towards my brothers and once my mum. But I won't speak about that. But sometimes I am scared of him with his reactions. Yet at the same time I am starting to become very hostile and impatient with this attitude he dishes out from time to time. Thank you for reading and your caring comment. It's hard for me to explain him. Harder for me to understand him too because by nature he is a lovely man. But something in him makes him act like this. I don't like it.
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@MarieCoyle I read every word of yours. For some reason I just don't have an answer. I mean, besides what I'm literally typing now. I'm just letting your words sink in and thinking about it. I just don't have a reply. I just thank you for sharing that with me. I just know he wouldn't hurt me on purpose. Though, when you said, he wants to shock me, I felt like that connected with him but in regards to him giving me the silent treatment after the incident. Or he wants to try make me feel bad to deflect that I am the one who is actually hurt. Other than that, I don't really know what else to say.
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@MarieCoyle (11477)
27 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 From your description of his actions, it's almost like he wants to shock you. And he needs someone to talk to him, it's not really normal to want to watch things like a pet getting hung by a leash or being dumped or abused. He knows it hurts you, so that's why he is doing it. Witnessing animal abuse or neglect is extremely hard. If he is seeking out these things online or the news or whatever to pass them to you when he knows they hurt you (they would hurt me, too!) he does need some help.you're reaction to this is normal. You don't like it at all. Emotional abuse is very hard on a person.
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@MrDenata (7372)
• Indonesia
24 Jan
I'm so sorry Dani, you dont deserved it. I'm sending you virtual hugs now. Wait, what? You got this treatment for a long time? OMG, i'm so sorry. Yes, ofc we love our family so much, but i dont know your current situation, i hope you can find a way out for your own good, for your mental health. Remember, you can always count on us, talking with us here, like always.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@MrDenata Thank you so very much for reading, commenting, the support and the virtual hugs! My dad and I are talking now. But he never said sorry. I am sure deep down he is sorry but a verbal sorry would be beneficial. To answer your question, I don't get this particular treatment every day. He is actually a great dad! I just meant that every now and then for whatever reason, he can get impatient or immature over such small things and without trying to understand he can become emotionally abusive. And I do not like it. He has been this way since I was little and I have a feeling before I was born. The silent treatments etc can last quite a long time and that's what drives me crazy because it's wasting precious time in life. Thank you for being a good buddy! I appreciate you so much!
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@MrDenata (7372)
• Indonesia
28 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 dont mention it, Dani, we are here for you, like always, i know every dad loves their kids so much, but some of them cant showed it very clear. And again, i'm so sorry, you deserved to be happy, you matters, youre mental health matters. I'm sending you virtual big hugs and my prayer so you can pass the day and stay strong, because you deserve all the happines in the world and again you matters. Good Morning from Indonesia, Dani
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• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@MrDenata Thank you so much for your beautiful comment and absolute kindness!
@much2say (50536)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Jan
I'm so sorry you having to go through this, Dani . My dad used to get furiously mad, and then he'd give us all the silent treatment for a week (including stomping and slamming doors - now that I think of it, that was pretty immature). I hated it. Looking back, I think my dad didn't know how to deal with his anger - he didn't know how to talk things out - but still that's no excuse. We had to wait til he decided things were ok again .
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@much2say (50536)
• Los Angeles, California
29 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 Yup yup yup. My dad did all that too. The thing is my dad did get openly mad first (oh, he was the brutally honest type), but after that we got the silent treatment which meant he wasn't going to let go of the issue. The sighs and occasional growls - the heavy handedness - oh g yes. If he got mad when we were out, he'd drive the car erratically . . . down right dangerously actually . My dad is gone now, and in a weird way I can fondly say "that's the way he was" . But it took a while for me to grow out of that stress. I eventually moved out and had my own life so he didn't show that side to me anymore, but I am pretty sure my mom had to deal with it. I definitely understand, Dani. Write to me anytime .
• Perth, Australia
29 Jan
@much2say Oh my goodness yes! That is what my Dad does to! Slamming doors and being overly heavy handed. And I HAAAATE these stupid annoying sighs that he does that only seem to occur when I'm in the same room. I have good hearing so I don't hear them when he is in his room. Only seems to happen when he walks near me / past me. It's all for show and it p*sses me off! If you're going to be mad, then be mad but make it valid and genuine! *inhales and exhales slowly* I am so sorry you had to experience all that. I can say I understand. I know there are others out there but you're literally the first person I felt connected to in that way or I mean shared something so similar regarding this behaviour. I'm not happy it happened to you but I'm happy to finally find someone who understands!
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@JESSY3236 (17396)
• United States
24 Jan
That is not normal. Like Lou said it's emotional abuse.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@JESSY3236 Thank you for reading and commenting Jessica. I do believe that too.
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@Shiva49 (25558)
• Singapore
25 Jan
I am with you on this, Danielle. I just switch off news that are about violence and abuse. I cannot bear to watch it. They do leave a lasting emotional hurt even if the ending has some positives. I agree you need a break and better still, more understanding from others.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@Shiva49 I agree. Sometimes some awful news can just stick in our minds and be quite hard to shake it off. Thank you kindly for reading and answering. I hope you're well!
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@nela13 (53031)
• Portugal
25 Jan
If you don't like to see, your father should respect you and don't show you images or videos. I am sorry that your father doesn't understand you.
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@nela13 I agree with you. I don't get it. He is like me. There have been plenty of occasions where he mentions to me that he saw something sad about animals and wished he never saw it. He is an animal lover like me so you'd think he would just not do this. Plus, I've told him I don't like it. So I don't understand. I couldn't be more clearer to him about my wishes. Thank you kindly for reading.
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@nela13 (53031)
• Portugal
27 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 you're welcome.
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@Treborika (5426)
• Mombasa, Kenya
30 Jan
Unfortunately what is going through you is not right. But you can never change that situation other than tolerating with it.
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• Perth, Australia
30 Jan
@Treborika Thank you for your answer. But I personally don't believe just tolerating it is healthy. I don't wish to be a doormat.
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@Treborika (5426)
• Mombasa, Kenya
30 Jan
@VivaLaDani13 Thanks for explaining yourself to me
@MasGion (401)
• Malang, Indonesia
25 Jan
i am sorry to hear that...you can tell here. maybe you all can give the best advice for you. hopefully things can get better. we all are support to you
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• Perth, Australia
27 Jan
@MasGion Thank you kindly for your lovely comment.