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12 Traits of an Abusive Relationship

  • Laura Petherbridge TheSmartStepmom.com

1. Charming

 He quickly lavishes his newest victim with gifts, praise, and attention. She immediately become his whole world. He instantaneously pushes for an exclusive relationship, using phrases such as “I can’t live without you.”

The reason so many people fall into an abuser’s trap is because the tenderness and attention feels loving, and appears to be the romance we see in the movies. Even when told, “I think we are moving too fast” or “I’m not ready for this type of commitment”, the abuser continuously pushes. Eventually, his comments turn to, “If I can’t have you, I’ll kill myself. That’s how much I love you. Life isn’t worth living without you.” These comments are an immediate warning sign of extreme danger. Run, Forrest, Run!


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