emotional abuse

Ask Erin: Am I In An Emotionally Abusive Marriage?

Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez

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?

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Gaslighting: How To Recognize It And Protect Yourself

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Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse. It is defined as a way to manipulate someone to make them question their own sanity.

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9 Super Subtle Signs Your Partner Is Gaslighting You 

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No, hun. You are not ‘too sensitive.’ But if your partner keeps saying that, you may be experiencing gaslighting.

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Why I Brag About My Divorce

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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.

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4 Stages Of Recovery From Narcissistic Abuse

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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.

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I Was In An Abusive Relationship And I Had No Idea Until I Left

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.

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I’m Scared I’m Only Attracted To Assholes

I began to wonder if I was defective, if maybe I was only able to be attracted to horrible men.

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?

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How Advice To ‘Take The High Road’ Silences Victims Of Abuse

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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.

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How My Alcoholic Ex Strengthened My Relationship With Our Daughter

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.

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Ask Erin: Will My Parents Choose Religion Over Me?

I'm afraid my parents will choose religion over me. (Artwork: Tess Emily Rodriguez)

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.

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