15 Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Adriana Velez | Jun 13, 2012 Love & Sex
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  • You're Afraid To Talk To Them About Even The Little Things

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    You're afraid to tell your partner about a normal happening - your car needs brakes, your boss made you work overtime - because you're not sure how he will react.

  • They Make You Feel Bad About Yourself

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    When you do talk to your significant other, he puts you down and makes you feel stupid.

  • You Put Them Above Everything Else

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    You make yourself available to your partner no matter what the personal cost - just to avoid a confrontation.

  • You Don't Want Anyone Else To Be Around Them

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    You no longer want to bring your significant other around your friends or family because you're afraid he will berate you and humiliate you in front of your loved ones.

  • You Think You Must Be Crazy

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    You've begun to believe that you're the crazy one -- that you're the one with the problem.

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  • They Don't Support You

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    When talking about an accomplishment - a promotion or something equally exciting - your partner sneers at you, putting you down, mocking your achievement rather than celebrating it.

  • You Feel Trapped

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    You feel helpless, like you're trapped in the relationship.

  • They Treat You Like A Pet, Not A Partner

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    Your partner treats you like an object, like property, not like a person with real feelings.

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  • They Control Everything About Your Life

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    Your partner keeps a tight control on all things: money, the phone, using the car, who you see and what you do.

  • They Say It's Your Fault

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    If you fight back, your significant other blames you for the abusive behavior. "If you weren't so dumb, I wouldn't have to yell at you."

  • You Feel Worthless

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    You've begun to see yourself as worthless -- just like your partner tells you you are.

  • You'll Do Anything They Ask

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    You'll go out of your way to please your significant other, no matter how much you have to sacrifice. If that means staying up all night to wash the floor, so be it. It beats the "lecture."

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  • They Make You Think The Rest Of The World Is The Problem

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    You're in complete isolation. Your partner doesn't want you around your friends or family and has convinced you that THEY are the ones who are abusive to you - not him.

  • You Think You Deserve It

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    You've begun to feel as though you deserve to be treated badly. If you were a better person, you wouldn't make him so mad!

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  • You Make Excuses For Them Constantly

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    You find yourself having to rush to his defense whenever he is brought up in conversation. You make excuses for his behavior regardless of the situation.

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