Signs of dating a controlling person

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Concern for our loved ones to a certain extent is normal - trying to control their every move is not.Many victims of abuse dated or knew their abuser for less than six months before they were engaged or living together.He/she may accuse you of being 'tied to your mother's apron strings', not be committed to the relationship, or view people who are your personal friends as 'causing trouble' or 'trying to put a wedge' between you.He/she may want to live in the country without a phone, not let you use the car, stop you from working or gaining further education or qualifications.If we can recognise the warning signs of a domestic abuser, or someone who is likely to have an abusive personality, we can save ourselves (and our loved ones) a lot of grief and heartache.Many survivors of abusive relationships have so often said that if they had just known the warning signs, they would never have got involved with their abusive partner.He/she needs someone desperately, and will pressure you to commit to him/her or make love before you feel the relationship has reached 'that stage'.

Generally, the more warning signs are present, the greater the likelihood of violence.The abuser may try to curtail your social interaction.He/she may prevent you from spending time with your friends or family and demand that you only go places 'together'.The good news is, that it is possible to predict the likelihood of the person you are currently with or are about to become involved with being a domestic abusiver It is simply a matter of having the knowledge of the warning signs to look out for and being sufficiently aware to notice them (which includes not being to blinded by love, lust or desperation! Below are a list of behaviours, traits and beliefs which are common in abusive personalities.These are commonly known as Warning Signs of abusive personalities .

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