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I Was In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship

This is for those women and men who are unhappy in a relationship because of control issues...come in and share your story,...We are the ones who understand... 3,211 People

    Survivors of emotionally abusive relationship

    tend to say that they are aware of the way they were being treated and opted to stay. What drew us is still a mystery. What made us stay is something I'd like to finally understand. My ex is pretty psychotic. Funny thing is he gave himself that nickname too. He would...
    Theboisterous Theboisterous 26-30, F 1 Response May 20, 2014

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    He & I had a love/hate relationship.

    I would go visit him...it was a long distance relationship. I was about 21 & he was a few years older. We had started out as pen pals when I was 16. He was sweet then & still could be. But after I was there for a few days...he would start calling me names, telling me that...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F Jan 9

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    so its been like two weeks

    since i broke up with my bf who would emotionally abuse me. i didn't really think i was STRONG enough to let him go. but I'm glad my mom & cousins gave me great advice. i do feel sad, depressed... I'm pregnant & now that i don't have him as a support.... the only thing thats...
    AndreaaG AndreaaG 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Your Decision, Your Life

    Oh, how wonderful it is to finally have some PEACE...Kiss   I may not have all the things I once had, but I now know what was missing that makes everything else obsolete.   I thank God everyday for the strength he gave me to take the steps I needed to walk away...
    LADYFAY LADYFAY 56-60, F 7 Responses Apr 10, 2008

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    That girl. She was tired of being treated like

    ****, getting put last. She was tired of the mental, emotional and physical abuse, she tried to get away physically but he would let her leave. She tried to escape mentally and emotionally but she wasn't allowed to. She wasn't allowed to be happy, to be free, to leave, to speak...
    deadgirlsfairytale deadgirlsfairytale 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 27

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    Escape

    This was a dream I had the night before breaking up with someone many many years ago. I didn't edit my memory, it's quite long and the narrative flow might seem a bit off. ------------------------------------------ I'm stepping outside of the huge castle, in fact I'm still...
    NekoGummy NekoGummy 36-40, F Sep 22, 2013

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    Every time I click send I get

    so angry at myself for encouraging her to get close again. Every time I try to ignore her I feel so terrible for not being a good friend. Even though I'm the one who decided months ago that you are most definitely not my friend. I've reread my angry notes to you (that I never...
    jentile jentile 18-21, F Aug 23, 2014

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    eh. not the best way to describe it

    but its a start. more or less an unfair relationship. "i dont want you talking to that girl" and i listened. whatever you didnt want me to do, i didnt do. but if you do something i dont like, its perfectly fine. i dont want you talking to him. " hes a good kid" or "hes just a...
    Ebolaa Ebolaa 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 4

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    How I Can Change It

    I am married for 5 years now in begining everything was fine but after 2 years my husband started changing. He started ignoring me shouting at me without any reason made life a hell. I tried everything to make him happy to keep peace in my house but he always told me that i am...
    littlestars littlestars 26-30, F 26 Responses Aug 17, 2011

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    7.2.11 I met my ex boyfriend,

    "S". I thought he was so cute & funny & sweet. He lived in FL, I lived in NJ. I was only 13, & he was 14. We met online, & eventually gave each other our phone numbers & video chat names. Everything was fine. I told him all about my bullying issues & everything, & he acted like...
    njgirll njgirll 16-17, F Jul 27, 2014

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    flacobone flacobone 31-35, M 3 Responses May 30, 2014

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    I just divorced my abusive husband of 3 years.

    We dated over a year before we married and overall he was a terrific guy. He wasn't perfect by any means and he said some hurtful things to me but nothing like I was about to experience after the wedding. Almost immediately the verbal and emotional abuse started. He called...
    Setfree2013 Setfree2013 31-35, F 6 Responses Dec 4, 2013

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    At the time, my best friend was my boyfriend,

    who became verbally and sexually abusive. No one understood how I felt. I finally had the courage the leave him and needless to say, it was definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. Love yourself, and you will be loved (properly).
    peanutcups peanutcups 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I Am Just Starting To See....

    The extent of the abuse and control I allowed this man to have over me. I'm really amazed, I truly wasn't aware that it was as deep as it was. I have just gotten off the phone with a House Of Ruth legal volunteer, at the end of the conversation she asked me 2 last questions that...
    LadyHawke68 LadyHawke68 46-50, F 6 Responses May 3, 2012

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    Yeah, I was. I'm starting to realize how much

    this was true. It was emotionally abusive and very rarely became physical abuse. There was one time I was not giving into her demands or walking away or conceding the point, and when this happened, she became violent. It only happened a few times ever. But this time she lost it...
    chimbie88 chimbie88 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 4

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    I was in an emotionally,

    verbally, and physically abusive relationship for nearly three years. I wrote and entire blog about what i went through, how i got out, and how i moved on. If you're in this situation, i know it feels very lonely, hopefully my story can help someone. lifeofschy . blogspot...
    LifeofSchy LifeofSchy 18-21, F Feb 8

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    I was in a relationship

    for 4 years. We first started seeing each other when I was 17 he was 21. I thought he was my everything. In the beginning he was sweet and very devoted to me. About a year into the relationship things started to change, he began to make nasty passing comments or start fights. It...
    oceanicdreamer oceanicdreamer 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 24, 2014

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    Quick Update On My Story Divorcing My Asperger Husband.

    I gave divorce paperwork to my husband to sign. He didn't sign it yet. But OMG! Such an amazing change! On Sunday he took both boys to gym for 3 hours. Today he was cooking dinner with me when I came home from work. I don't buy it. I'm wondering what kind of tricks (dirty or not...
    Squized Squized 46-50 4 Responses Jan 29, 2013

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    My ex cheated on me with 4 women.

    . and before that he broke 3 of my ribs... and dislocated my knee then decided not to call an ambulance.. and he decided i should walk home with it.. he got away with it due to his "mental health status" :(
    MorticansDaughter98 MorticansDaughter98 16-17, F 6 Responses Jan 27

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    Several actually.People pays with you their own

    flaws...it sucks,and when you are in love you have this kind of veil that let you out of being objective.Because we love,we suffer...shouldn't be this way,that ain't no love...it is selfishness.But yeah...it is so hard to end that cycle when you love someone.One thing I have...
    4biandu 4biandu 31-35, F Nov 8, 2014

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    Use Me, Abuse Me.

    I was 17 when i first met my ex fiance' Chong. He was 18 at the time. I met him from a group of friends. He was an *** but i thought it was just a show for our male friends so i didn't pay no mind. We would joke and whatnot but he seemed like he had no interest in me until one...
    MissSpookiness MissSpookiness 26-30, F 4 Responses May 10, 2012

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    I am beyond mad at my mother right now.

    Right now I am in an amazing relationship with an amazing United States sailor. And my mom just keeps attacking my relationship. But with my last relationship, which was two years of emotional abuse. Every time I would try to break up with him he would threaten suicide and blame...
    BabyGrasshopper BabyGrasshopper 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 20, 2014

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    My last abusive boyfriend has made it difficult

    for me to trust my current boyfriend. :( it's draining him, I can tell. I feel so bad
    mdkp mdkp 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 24, 2014

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    I suppose it doesn't matter

    now that we broke up, but I still feel it gripping on to me. My girlfriend was bi-polar, depression and family trouble. She was my first love, and it really left me hollow. When I first met her I fell in love with her smile. I loved the way she carried herself, and didn’t...
    Inviticus Inviticus 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 19

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    A few months ago, I completely cut off my ex.

    We had a long and complicated history that involved a lot of emotional and verbal abuse. On his part, a lot of it was underhanded and manipulative. I constantly felt small and broken down and trapped. But I don't think he was doing it consciously. In his mind, all he was doing...
    MDubs MDubs 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 14

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    Men Get Abused Too !

     My GF is a young and narcissistic - I'm sure she has some personality disorder - ever seen the movie "anger management" ? . She get volatile and abusive. Slams doors and shouts and screams - she slapped me across the fac because I had the nerve to fall asleep...
    bigyin bigyin 46-50, M 5 Responses Oct 4, 2008

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    I didn't think at the time it was abusive.

    Thinking back.. it was., he would punch my legs out of anger. he would throw me on the ground, he would put his cigerette out on me. but i would almost prefure the physical abuse over the emotinal... the emmotinal is what ruined me.. i would llove to share my whole story, if...
    tiannadianee tiannadianee 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2014

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    The Answers And Signs To Your Abuse

    I was a victim...I asked myself these questions but I finally found it. I was a victim of subtle emotional abuse. It was subtle because we had only been together for 10 months...and yet he was already showing so much of his true colors. The signs I noticed...they can be confusing...
    mandypandi mandypandi 18-21, F 9 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    I Should Have Left THEN...

    My story is a lot like others. A series of events that looking back were all indicators of when it was time (or more than time) to walk away. My ex and I were together for a year. The year of the rollercoaster. I was so blind to it all in the beginning. Well not blind to the...
    JBird726 JBird726 26-30, F 4 Responses Sep 24, 2013

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    He is mean, I know that sounds silly

    but that's the best way I can describe it, of course just like the rest of u the started out perfect, I fell so hard so fast now it's like if he wants to go to jack in the box and I want McDonald's I'm going against him, he says " who's side are u on are u my girlfriend or not...
    crazybeautiful26 crazybeautiful26 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 21, 2014

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    I cheated on my husband,

    then i left him. He was mean, and I'm tired of repeating the details, but by mean I intend to say that he fits into many of the descriptors of an emotionally abusive person. I was extremely depressed, and stressed, and didn't know yet that it was because of my husband. I...
    Regrets472 Regrets472 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 21, 2014

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    Thirty Years And Still Haven't Found The Strength To Leave...

    I am embarrassed to say I have been married for thirty years to my emotionally abusive husband. It seems I am a very slow learner. Early in the relationship the abuse was not so often of course, and I had no understanding at all as to what it was. It has only been the last few...
    lmaw lmaw 51-55 8 Responses Jun 5, 2012

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    I Survived An Emotional Abusive Marraige/

    This story kinda Carry's on from another of mine, "A Mothers Love"I left my parents home when I was 19 and moved in with my then boyfriend. He was the first serious boyfriend I had had, was flattered i guess by the attention he showed me after years of being made to feel I was...
    gem1969 gem1969 41-45, F 4 Responses May 23, 2013

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    I'm 14 and he's 16. He was sweet then turned

    obsessive , clingy , needy , had jealousy and insecurity. He even wasn't comfortable with me wearing certain things or talking to my guy friends. He said if you break my heart i'll break yours talking crazy . I gave him two chances after ******* up multiple times and he was...
    ThePrettyOnee ThePrettyOnee 13-15, F Jul 28, 2014

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    I still am . The girl has been institutionalize

    do tons of times and she's a mixture of bipolar and manic depressive... She constantly has me walking on eggshells, she calls me names like fucktard all the time for no apparent reason
    jangofett56037 jangofett56037 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 21

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    So yeah I was.....how can a guy be in one you

    may ask.....well its damn easy when she is a complete narcissistic woman......I would wish this on my worst enemy......she gaslighted me from the start and eventually broke me down to the point where I almost killed myself and 3 months ago she just left me......she made me...
    huckleberrybunches huckleberrybunches 36-40, M 4 Responses Feb 15

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    I have been in many emotionally abusive

    relationships, I am in one now even. I know it's me that picks them of course, I stopped believing in changing them. I can't cure them , and loving them through it all is tearing me apart. I feel broken, I feel used. I'm beginning to wonder if I am trying to fix me while I...
    beemer78 beemer78 36-40, F a week ago

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    I just got out of an emotionally abusive

    relationship. I need some place to talk about it due to most people not understanding and me flipping out on them. I was with him for almost 3 years. He meant the world to me. He was wonderful at first...and then it progressed to this bizarre verbal and emotionally abusive state...
    freebird1990 freebird1990 22-25 4 Responses Oct 4, 2014

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    The peace I have now

    that I was taken away from before truly shows that these relationships hold you back from loving yourself and loving others. Self-awareness is completely gone, which makes you become numb to your own feelings. Confused and lost, but deep down inside something tells you to leave...
    blowyamind blowyamind 22-25, F Apr 3, 2014

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    When Love Hurts

    When Love Hurts I can relate to many women, who have been mentally and emotionally abused, by what started out as a loving, and caring relationship, then it turned into there own personal hell. I was in their shoes just a couple of years ago. I was led to believe that...
    LADYFAY LADYFAY 56-60, F 14 Responses Apr 17, 2008

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    If you finish reading this

    and provide advice, suggestions, or insight - I will think the world of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. So this is complicated and I'm not sure where to begin....about a year ago I experienced a broken engagement. It was one of the hardest things I have endured but...
    CloseItForSure CloseItForSure 31-35, M 3 Responses Sep 2, 2014

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    My ex was emotionally abusive through out our

    relationship. He would get angry every time I didn't do something he wanted. He would curse at me, tell me I wasn't attractive, and he didn't want a girl like me. Towards the end he kept pushing me away and seemed colder than usual. I suspected he had found someone else. I found...
    forevereternal9 forevereternal9 22-25, F 7 Responses Oct 29, 2014

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    I don't know if I can call

    that an abusive friendship, but it was what it felt like. I'm 13, she's 15. She constantly froze me out, treated me like ****, but then suddenly she would turn around and confront me with her sexual attraction towards me. Every time something good happened to me, she would put...
    Colourfi Colourfi 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 25, 2014

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    My Story

    i have been with my boyfriend for a year and one month. He started to get super controlling over me didnt want me hanging out with my friends and always put my family down then he started to put me down alot i would say thee very first time he hit me i was shocked.we had argued...
    kalikween28 kalikween28 22-25, F 116 Responses May 20, 2013

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    I think. Here's my story.

    When we first met, I thought he was sweet, charming and opinionated individual. He was passionate and adored me to no end. He would often call me on nights we weren't together just to hear my voice, saying it was the sweetest voice he had ever heard. He called me angel, his...
    cheersbabe cheersbabe 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2014

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    Emotional Abuse And Control Disguised As "My First Love"

    He was my first real boyfriend. We dated for 10 and a half months. I was 17 and he was 19. He seemed perfect. He was Cuban, I was Cuban. He had goals, I had goals. He was smart, I was smart. He was family oriented, I was family oriented. We had a lot in common it seemed. He told...
    mandypandi mandypandi 18-21, F 8 Responses Mar 18, 2013

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    I Thought I Was Emotionally Invincible

    Its been about 2 weeks since I let go of my best friend. I've been crying non stop since then. Not eating much. I lost 12lbs in a week and a half. Im not sleeping much. I've been smoking and drinking beyond belief. I cut my self and I wanted to die. I dont want go outside...
    loudsilence1 loudsilence1 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 10, 2013

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    It's been almost 6 months

    since we broke up, and I'm happy. My life is so much better. I feel better, laugh more, I've lost 25 pounds, I've traveled to Europe. I've been offered a job across the country and I can't wait. I was hopeless, I thought he was the one, I thought he would change. I realized I...
    mousecop mousecop 36-40, F 3 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    So I mentioned before

    that I quietly broke away from my "friend." I wasn't sure if she figured it out. She hasn't. We are texting. Well, she texted me. As if everything's fine. As if I haven't been avoiding her for many months. And, I answered. She was just... I know it's a bad idea. But what if I...
    jentile jentile 18-21, F Aug 11, 2014

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    My ex of two years was emotionally abusive.

    I was living with her and she was very critical towards me. Ranging from how I washed the cast iron pan to how I'm not handy like her guy friends to my income to how cheap I was (I paid for 80% of the time we went out), to my performance as a man, and the list went on. She...
    sylworks sylworks 31-35, M 2 Responses Feb 16, 2014

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    Intelligent Women Suffer Abusive Men Too

    Having survived an abusive three and a half relationship, two year marriage, I am happy to share my thoughts and offer any advice I can. My first marriage was not unhappy, but it was loveless and we had nothing but the children in common. I longed for a loving partner that I...
    carolinewirral carolinewirral 46-50 7 Responses Jan 2, 2009