You know you’re a survivor when it tears you up inside to see your abuser with other people. They can be so charming and lighthearted in front of others that it just helps strengthen the facade and make people less likely to believe in their cruelty.
Characteristics of an emotionally abusive relationship include:
• Using money as a means of control
• Threatening to walk out or abandon you
• Creating fear through looks, words, threats and actions
• Destroying things (and often things you value) – either in a cold and heatless way, or in an…
“People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.”—Kim Culbertson, The Liberation of Max McTrue (via only-seoul)