Karla claims her husband, Stephen, has lied to and manipulated her throughout their 38-year marriage, usually so subtly that she thought she was the problem. She claims that Stephen is a narcissist who hides his controlling behavior behind an innocent mask, pretending he’s acting out of love.

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So 17 years ago, she took off her wedding ring and told her husband he had a year to fix the problems and make her want to put her ring back on. She still doesn’t wear it.

“You haven’t put it back on. You said you don’t think you ever will. So why have you let 16 years go by?” Dr. Phil asks her in the video above.

“I don’t feel like I can handle life on my own. I need a babysitter,” Karla shares.

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“So this is a parent-child relationship?” Dr. Phil asks.

“I never thought of it that way, but yes. I think you’re right,” Karla replies.

Stephen adds, “In a way, it’s the same. I count on Karla a lot. Karla’s my rock or the person I trust the most in life.”

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In the video above, Karla tells her husband she doesn’t trust him. Hear why he says she’s right not to trust him. On Wednesday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil tries to get to the bottom of this troubled marriage. Check here to see where you can watch.

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