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Signs of an emotionally abusive wife or girlfriend

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This is how one man describes his emotionally abusive girlfriend:

“My ex-girlfriend was an emotional terrorist.”

Emotional and psychological abuses tear a person up inside.

Emotionally abused men feel drained, distracted, and debilitated. 

Click "Read More" to find out 21 signs that a man is dealing with an emotionally abusive wife or girlfriend.

What is Gaslighting Emotional Abuse?

What is Gaslighting Emotional Abuse? 0

Gaslighting is a crazy-making form of emotional abuse.

Gaslighting occurs when someone intentionally twists your perception of reality for their own gain.

That gain may be to:

  • win a fight,
  • cover-up their actions,
  • make you think something is true when it is not, or
  • think something is false when it is true, or
  • undermine your trust in yourself.  

Click the "Read More" tab for: 

  • Gaslighting meaning. 
  • What is gaslighting?
  • Forms of gaslighting.
  • Gaslighting as emotional abuse.
  • Gaslighting infographic. 
Does abuse of men by women really happen? What does it look like?

Does abuse of men by women really happen? What does it look like? 0

There are more abused men than you might think and there are more abusive women than you might think. 

The idea that women can't hurt men is a cultural myth.

Just because women on average are smaller than men on average doesn't mean women can't hurt men. It turns out -- size doesn't matter. (Well, to be more specific, size matters somewhat, but it isn't everything.)

A woman can hurt her male partner in all sorts of ways: psychologically, financially, spiritually, legally, physically, and sexually.

Yes, I said physically and sexually.

How women financially abuse men

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When people focus on financial ways men abuse women, they often talk about men who exert control by limiting their partner’s ability to work or access to family money. While those same abuses may occur when the genders are flipped, there also are financial abuses that are available for women to use against men that take advantage of traditional gender roles.

The female-on-male financial abuse ways and means of manipulative or abusive women are diverse:

Signs of a Physically Abusive Wife or Girlfriend

Signs of a Physically Abusive Wife or Girlfriend 0

Physical abuse of a partner is the category of abuse that gets the most attention. When I became aware of abuse of men by women, I wasn’t expecting to see or hear much about physical abuse, but I have been surprised by how many examples of physical abuse by women I have encountered.

Men’s size and strength advantage over women has been among deciding factors that have led many people to conclude that physical abuse of a man by a woman is a non-issue. However, women who physically abuse men can overcome their strength disadvantage in many ways.

How women sexually abuse men

How women sexually abuse men 0

People can be shocked at the idea that women can sexually abuse men, but women can, and do, sexually abuse men.

It may look different than the classic sexual abuse of women by men, but it is sexual abuse when a woman uses sex in a controlling, demeaning, or punishing way, and/or uses sex to control, demean, or punish.

There are many ways a woman might sexually abuse a male partner: