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Helen of Troy posted 4/25/2013 13:17 PM

Hang around SI long enough and you will learn this skill to use on the xws.
Question today; You used this on xws for an issue regarding kid scheduling only. He responds to that with "Stop bullying me! You must cease and desist this behavior immediately!!!! This has been documented and I am telling my lawyer."

Is ["If I don't hear from you by _____, I will assume ________"] considered a bullying tactic by regular, sane, non-disodered people?
I also wonder if anyone else has used this skill and had a response where the other person told you this type of sentence is bullying behavior.
In my opinion it's just being assertive and boundary-enforcing.

Catwoman posted 4/25/2013 13:21 PM

IMO, this is not bullying; this is asserting a boundary. Unless you are asking for a major decision within 2 seconds, this would not be considered bullying at all. "If I don't hear from you by Sunday evening at 6 p.m., I will assume you are not picking up Becky at ballet class on Wednesday May 1." After all, you need time to put together a Plan B, right.

He can tell his lawyer all he wants (and pay for the privilege).


ImNellNow posted 4/25/2013 13:28 PM

I am telling my lawyer!

Why? Isn't his mommy answering his phone calls any more?

Helen of Troy posted 4/25/2013 13:29 PM

Right and I wrote response within 5 days which is not unreasonable.
He otoh expects replies within two hours. If he doesn't receive one he will (unfairly and unethically) tell the children "Ask your Mom to check her email." or "Has your Mom checked her email yet?"
Double standard AND involving the children .
It just feels defeating and powerless in that I feel powerless to do anything about this isssue.

Snapdragon posted 4/25/2013 13:55 PM

Hmmmm.... then I guess I am being bullied by all of my utilies, credit card company, morgage holder, car note holder, etc. I must pay by xyz date or they will shut off my service, foreclose my house or repossess my car.

I have a suggestion about his email demands. Put an automatic outgoing message on your email that states "Email is not read on a daily basis. Therefore, please do not expect a response for 2 - 4 days." or something along those lines.

ImNellNow posted 4/25/2013 13:55 PM

So he's a bully trying to bully you by calling you a bully? What the...?

Can you see how ridiculous that is? He's got nothing... NOTHING... to work with, so he's just making stuff up. I agree, let him "tell his lawyer." I, for one, doubt he ever had any intention of doing so; rather, he doesn't like not being in charge so he's trying to make you go back in "your place" by threatening you. Like a bully would do.

Amazonia posted 4/25/2013 14:11 PM

I think the only way a normal person could construe this to be bullying would be if your statement were unreasonable, i.e. "If I don't hear from you in the next thirty minutes, I will assume you want to terminate all your parenting rights and double my child support."

nowiknow23 posted 4/25/2013 14:15 PM

I use this technique all the time at work when I am dealing with a person who is non-responsive, evasive with their answers, or unable to communicate clearly.

No way that can be construed as bullying, assuming as Ama pointed out, that the timeframe is reasonable for him to respond if he doesn't agree.

Amazonia posted 4/25/2013 14:24 PM

I think both the time frame and the assumption need to be reasonable.

tesla posted 4/25/2013 19:43 PM

I use this at work too and variants of it..."Could you please provide me with (insert what you need here) by (this date)." I find it very effective way to get shit accomplished and I've clearly stated what I need and when I need it by.

ETA: I used this on ex-shat last year when I was trying to get some dates out of him for Christmas visitation...he was also very annoyed at the tactic. I suppose because it's irritating having your former cook, secretary, cleaning lady (etc) start laying down the rules.

[This message edited by tesla at 7:45 PM, April 25th (Thursday)]

phmh posted 4/25/2013 19:46 PM

Snapdragon -- you had me laughing out loud. I am sorry that you have so many bullies in your life

hoya96 posted 4/25/2013 19:50 PM

I have used this with ex as he will often "ignore" e-mails. To my recollection, he hasn't used it with me (then again, I tend to respond in a respectful timeframe) but if he did, I certainly wouldn't view it as bullying or antagonistic...I would view it as him clearly communicating his planned behavior.

Which would be refreshing, actually.

Snapdragon posted 4/25/2013 20:10 PM

You know, as I think about this concept further, I have actually encouraged "bullying" in my life. Or I have been the bully. I can't decide which. You decide.

For example, my boss says, "Snapdragon, can you please put together an analysis of xyz for me?" My response? "Sure, Boss, I can do that. What is the deadline? Please remember that I am also working on that other project for you, so let me know where I should focus my time." Yep... I'm bullying my boss - or asking to be bullied... I can't tell the difference. Can you?

It's all about power and control. Removing as much of that from the ex is a nice side effect. But the ultimate goal is to just get decisions made so that life can be organized. Sheesh...

Kajem posted 4/25/2013 21:57 PM

I did this with my XH, Otherwise NOTHING regarding my kids would get accomplished.

If I slipped and sent an email without this.. he would never answer. And deadlines to sign kids up for activities, camp, fieldtrips... would pass.

When I brought it up to my attorney- She suggested this tactic. It worked for me. I gave him at least 48 hours notice on any decision he had to make. I also put a tracer on the email so I knew when the email was opened. Because that became an issue also at one point he denied ever seeing it.

You aren't bullying him.... although it sounds like he is bullying you.



Dark Inertia posted 4/25/2013 21:58 PM

Some of these WS' I always imagine by using the old Goofus and Gallant from Highlights Magazine.

Will Get By timely informs of a meeting, and asked for a response by XXX date.

WGB's Husband throws a fit and makes a demand, threatening to tell his mommy err.... Lawyer.

FirstLoveGone posted 4/25/2013 22:31 PM

He's throwing a freaking temper tantrum. It's his dime if he wants to send your email to his lawyer. FTG.

You are giving him a very reasonable amount of time to get back to you. You are also not using any threatening or demanding language. He's mad because you're setting boundaries. He's throwing a hissy fit.

What an ass.

Bluebird26 posted 4/26/2013 05:53 AM

LOL I use this tactic all the time with my xwh as well, it's the only way he will respond to an email. I get sick of hearing "I haven't had time to read that email yet" When he gets them on his mobile phone.

Mack9512 posted 4/26/2013 06:44 AM

I use this tactic all the time. I believe that it doesn't enter the realm of bullying until you tell them that they have cooties after giving them a wedgie and swirly.

Helen of Troy posted 4/26/2013 07:37 AM

The thing is he replied in a reasonable about of time with something like "I wish to have the girls on weekend xyz". This was because my original email was offering make up visitation that he missed. (missed visit was due to a lie he told why he "had" to cancel but whatever)
It wasn't until few days later that he sent the email that my tactic was a bully move.
Instead of ignoring it (which would have probably been better choice on my part) I wrote back cordially saying "sorry you feel that way. I need a reply within 5 days or I may not be able to accommodate your request."

SBB posted 4/26/2013 09:53 AM

Why? Isn't his mommy answering his phone calls any more?

It is not bloody bullying (provided it is a reasonable time frame) - its a way to AVOID drama. Communicating clearly and setting clear parameters and expectations.

I use this and monster sometimes uses it on me. It doesn't offend me at all - actually I prefer it. It helps me understand what my timeline is for responding.

They do squeal like toddlers, don't they?

monster has the police on speed dial to report me for god knows what. There was one time I'm pretty sure he went in to tell them "My X wife is not nice to me or my GF!!".

Then there was the AVO he told me he was going to get because I responded to his multiple emails in an exchange about introducing his 24 year old GF to my then almost 5 and 2.5 year olds (back before I hardcore NC). There were no threats, the emails were solicited by him - he bothered the police because it hurt his widdle feewings.

Unbelievable that these idiots can take up so much police time.

I still giggle at my closing line: "Go try to get your AVO you loser, it would complete the picture".

I think he has realised the police can't stop someone from not respecting your "authori-tay" (ala South Park).

A cop friend of mine told me they are very professional when dealing with these clowns but that they all piss themselves laughing once they've left. Here they are dealing with real crime and really awful situations, then they get this lower muppet bleating about a few emails basically saying "wake up to yourself you bloody idiot!".

I'm guessing your Xs letter to his lawyer would go something like:

"Dear lawyer, please find enclosed PROOF that my XW is not only reasonable and courteous but she is also efficient. I object to being deprived of my opportunity to show off some new fuckery and behave like a complete and utter douchebag, whorebonking, fucktard of the lower muppet variety. She is depriving me of my ego kibbles and I won't stand for it!!. Yours, XH

I'm in fits of laughter just imagining a judge's raised eyebrows atop a completely incredulous face... resisting the urge to say "O....M.....G.....".

[This message edited by StrongButBroken at 10:02 AM, April 26th (Friday)]

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