Toxic Encounters Book: Spitting as Criminal

This is a brief discussion about an area of the book titled Toxic Encounters: Why People Pursue Rebound Relationships, Part I. It is available on Amazon.

You can find the discussion in Chapter Two of the book. The discussion is based on the following legal reference for “spitting.”

• Spitting in someone’s face is considered a crime. The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled against a man who intentionally spat at a patient. “Jeffrey Lewellyn was sentenced to two years’ probation and 50 hours of community service after he spat in 2004 at a patient who swore at him on the grounds of a Veterans Administration Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington” (Reuters, 2007). Intentionally spitting on someone rises to the degree of simple assault.

Analysis for the concept of spitting focuses on the following categories:

• Discard: This is defined as throwing away like something you do with trash.

• Emotional eviction: This is defined as expelling a member from the relationship.

• Rejection: This is defined as abandonment, emotional and physical.

• Disrespect: This is defined as a response to authority which extends to instruction.

• Dishonor: This is defined as the perspective one has regarding the relationship.

What these concepts further suggest is that spitting is represented symbolically and fueled by the decisions to discard, emotionally evict, reject, disrespect, and dishonor the partner in the relationship.

When someone discards you, i.e., label you as trash to throw away like trash, the person is essentially spitting on you. The same implicit and explicit meanings are suggested for the other concepts discussed within the audio.

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The research and scholarship for the topic is under the “Rebounding” tab, which includes a working bibliography and survey instruments I created with the research project. I am currently putting audio to those surveys as well.

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Regina Y. Favors

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