A good relationship truly is one of the greatest joys in life; an abusive dating relationship can be one of the worst.
It’s very important to keep an eye out for signs that may indicate the person you are hoping to spend your life with might make your life a living hell.
There are other forms of abuse besides physical and sexual. When a partner is continually undermining their partner’s self-esteem by making fun of them, calling them names, flirting with others, or smothering them, all of these things are abuse. They can often escalate into physical or sexual abuse.
Abuse is all about control and power. The people who seem to ‘need’ to have this power over others are often just sorry losers who feel so bad about the person they need to step on someone else to make themselves feel better.
It’s pathetic and sad, but it can also be hazardous. More than one person has died at the hands of one of these abusers. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you by being willing to keep your eyes wide open and take off the blinders.
When it comes to relationships, we are all guilty, to some degree or another, of seeing only what we want to see. If we’re going to only see the good in the man we are dating because we don’t want to have to start over or be alone, then that’s all we’ll see.
The problem is that, more often than not, it will become impossible to ignore the warning signs because the abuse will most likely get worse over time.