|Written by Betty Asphy|
Men get abused also.
Some types of abuse such as emotional and verbal can be subtle. A controller ultimately wants everything his or her way. You might think it is cute in the beginning of a relationship when the other person is jealous, but once you get to know that person, you might discover there are more issues to consider.
Generally when you date a person, it is for a reason, that is why it is called dating. You want to collect data and decide if you want to continue seeing them, start a relationship, or maybe just move on. If you are already in a relationship, there are some signs that you can watch for to help determine if you are in a healthy relationship. DO NOT IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS. Abuse is not just limited to women. Men can be abused also, even though there may not be as many cases reported. Also, sadly enough there are teenagers that are in abusive relationships.
1. A controller may want you to spend all your time with him or her, cutting you off from your other friends, families, and relatives. You need family and friends. A man or woman that wants control may demand to know where you are every minute of the day. He or she may call you excessively throughout the day wanting to know where you are and what you are doing. They may demand to know why you have not made it back from the grocery store in 20 minutes. You may have just saw an old friend at the store and chatted for several minutes. A controller may demand that you have to do some things for the sake of the relationship. You are always being told do it for the sake of the relationship.
You are constantly told that it is your fault, because something did not work out. The controller will never take responsibility for the part that he or she plays in a relationship. If someone smiles at you while at a social function, the controller may accuse you of being too friendly. A controller will emphasize what you need to do to make the relationship better. He or she may even go as far as to threaten you with , â€śIf you leave me, I will kill you.â€ť
2. Usually your friends may see these controlling tendencies before you do. If family and friends do not like your controller that may be a sign also. You may not see it at first because you might have tunnel vision or may even be in denial. Some times when a controller realizes or suspects he or she may be loosing control of the relationship, the controller may resort to emotional and mental abuse. The controller might say some things such as â€śYou are too fatâ€ť â€śYou need to loose some wait.â€ť â€śNo one else wants you.â€ť â€śYou canâ€™t make it without me.â€ť â€śYou are so stupid.â€ť â€śCanâ€™t you do anything right like I told you.â€ť â€śNo one will believe you.â€ť You may even get to the point that you believe those lies. The controller will tell you this so much and so often until it slowly lowers your self-esteem. It starts out gradually and before you know it the verbal abuse is full-blown.
3. It is not enough that the controller abuses you verbally and emotionally, but he or she might have this ungovernable temper. The type of temper that you never know when they will explode. If you find yourself walking on eggshells, that is a big sign. Another sign is when you are afraid that you might say or do the wrong thing to cause the controller to explode in public and cause you embarrassment. The sad part is that the abuser will have you feeling that everything is your fault and you need to fix it. When in reality the only person you can fix is yourself, no one else. You could be an angel, but as far as the abuser is concerned you will never get it right. This is just not a healthy type of relationship.