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          How to Spot a Potential Abuser

          January 12, 2012

          If you’re afraid that you or someone you love may be getting into an abusive situation, Dr. Phil gives some signs to look for:

          • Excessive and quick commitment to relationships
          • Isolation
          • Extremely possessive and jealous, confused with love
          • Control of all money
          • Name-calling and demeaning
          • Threats against you, your children or of suicide for failure to comply (emotional extortion)
          • Exhibits cruelty to animals or children
          • Takes away choices such as food, fashion, social life
          • Chauvinistic
          • Excessive monitoring
          • Dominating time
          • Extreme sense of entitlement
          • Blames the victim (“They made me do it”)
          • Insecure but presents a false sense of superiority
          • Lack of empathy
          • Hypersensitivity and victim mentality
          • Extreme controlling behavior early on disguised as concern for safety
          • Presents dual personalities
          • Poor communication skills
          • Has unrealistic expectations or demands

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