This article may appear to be geared toward men as abusers. It is difficult sometimes to use gender free words. Women can be just as guilty so please don’t miss the message.
1. Quick involvement. He/she comes on strong, claiming, “I’ve never felt loved like this before by anyone.” or “I’ve never felt like this about anyone before” You get pressured for an exclusive commitment almost immediately.
2. Jealous. Your partner is excessively possessive, calls constantly, or visits unexpectedly, accuses you of looking at others with great interest and scrutinizes every activity away from them and with them
3. Controlling. He/she interrogate you intensely about who you talked to and where you were; checks mileage on the car; keeps all the money or asks for receipts; insists you ask for permission to go anywhere or do anything, checks time in and out.
4. Very unrealistic expectations. expects you to be the perfect person and meet their every need.
5. Isolating. They will attempt to cut you off from family and friends; deprives you of a phone or car, or tries to prevent you from holding a job,complain about your job or hobbies that take you out of his control, struggles with the need for you to hold a job and their need to keep you isolated to themselves
6. Blames others for own mistakes. The boss, family, you – it’s always someone else’s fault if anything goes wrong. Who ever is handy will get the blame.
7. Everyone else is responsible for their feelings. The abuser says, “You make me angry” instead of “I’m angry.” “I wouldn’t get so p**** off if you wouldn’t… Why do you have to do that? Why did you make me do that?”
8. Overly Sensitive. Is easily insulted, angered, hurt and will often rant and rave about injustices that are just part of life. Including feeling left out, un-friended, and unloved if not at the absolute center of the relationship
9. He/she is cruel to animals and children. pushes animals brutally and unfairly. May expect children to do things beyond their ability, or tease them until they cry, lecture them beyond their year and ability to understand.
10. His/her “playful” use of force during sex. Enjoys throwing you down or holding you down against your will and may say they find the idea of rape exciting. Intimidates, manipulates, or forces you to engage in unwanted sex acts.
11. There is verbal abuse. They constantly criticize you or says cruel things; degrades, curses, calls you ugly names. He/she will use vulnerable points about your past/life against you.
12. There are rigid gender roles. He/She expects you to serve, obey, and remain at home when not required to be at your job.
13. Sudden mood swings. switches from loving to angry in a matter of minutes.
14. History of battering. He admits to hitting women in the past, but states that they or the situation brought it on. Feels that they deserved it and so it is OK.
15. Threats They makes statements such as, “I’ll break your neck,” but then dismisses it with “I really didn’t mean it.”
Annie O’Sullivan, Author of my Story “Can You Hear Me Now?” Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble