I have no family or friends that I can go to... I don't drive, and financially I rely on him for everything. Am I in an emotionally abusive marriage?
Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse. It is defined as a way to manipulate someone to make them question their own sanity.
No, hun. You are not ‘too sensitive.’ But if your partner keeps saying that, you may be experiencing gaslighting.
While I don’t introduce myself as “Hi I’m Nisha, and I’m divorced,” I do reveal this fact relatively quickly; actually, I brag about it.
Recovery from narcissistic abuse comes in stages. The early stages are chaotic and, at times, you feel as if you have no control over your recovery.
Whenever I saw my friends in emotionally abusive relationships, I was always the first person to object and tell them they could do better.
It’s going to take a while to build my self-esteem back up to where it was. But at least I know I can now recognize an emotionally abusive relationship.
The worst thought of all — if I meet someone who actually is really nice, how will I stop my anxiety from telling me they will end up being assholes?
Anyone who has been a victim of abuse will tell you that the burden of emotional labor is enormous, and that it’s amplified by the pressure to keep quiet.
First, I tell her the love story, and also the heartbreak story, and she listens, even if she's heard so much of this before.
As long as I give my daughter the space to talk, I feel like my alcoholic ex can strengthened my relationship with her. I hope she knows that I'm here.
I just want something in my life to be happy and not dictated by some tyrannical religious presence. I'm afraid my parents will choose religion over me.