5 Signs You're Being Emotionally Abused

Because emotional abuse has become such a popular topic in the self-help and psychology fields, you may already be familiar with some of its signs which may include withdrawal of affection, name-calling, and control. But if you suspect you’re in an emotionally abusive relationship, you may be so immersed in it that you can’t read the very destructive handwriting on the wall. Emotional abuse becomes, in a sense, your blurred normal. ...more
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Now that You're My Wife.....

It was a whirlwind romance.  The kind where you're swept off your feet and left breathless.  He was handsome, rugged, and passionate.  He bought me and my beautiful daughters a beautiful big house with a backyard. I fell deeply, madly in love.He pushed to get married and I thought why not.  We had been together for over a year and marriage seemed a natural step.He chose my birthday weekend as the date and he told me how we would spend romantic weekends celebrating our anniversary and my birthday.  Sigh - he had me....more
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“Don’t Treat Me Like A Child:” Emotional Abuse, a Normal Youth Experience

Are you in a relationship where someone tries to control you? Do they disregard your opinions, feelings, or suggestions? Do they try to make you feel like they’re always right and you're always wrong? If so, you may be in an emotionally abusive relationship or you may be a child....more

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The Gift of Resurrection

The best gift I have ever received came in the form of the rug being pulled from under me through divorce. When my ex came in and announced that he wanted a divorce after the longest 19 years of my life, I was happy but sad.  The truth is, had he not come in and said that he wanted one, I would probably have stayed there trying hard to make that thing work. That's what happens sometimes in cases of extensive abuse. You don't realize the door to the cage is wide open. ...more
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This Body-shaming Segment Brought to You by Your Man

"Trease, if you gain weight, I'm leaving you. If you ever have to start buying your clothes from there, I'm gone." I don't remember the exact date that my ex said those words to me, but the year was 1993 and we were not far from the store Ample Duds in Denver. It is a store for plus-size women and before I moved to Denver, I had never heard of it. We were out and about looking for furniture and it just happened to be in the area we were in. When he said that to me, I remember giving him the absolute coldest stare....more

"Look At All That Gray Hair"

Ten Signs the One You Love is a Narcissist

My introduction to the concept of narcissism came by way of my mom reading me D’Aulairs’ Book of Greek Myths. The myth tells of a youth so infatuated with his own image that he drowns in a pool trying to kiss the beautiful face he sees reflected there. To me this meant that narcissists were people overcome with self-love and to avoid them I steered clear of the vain and self-important.  The irony was that I became a magnet for this type of mean and destructive individual....more
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