Types of ABUSERS (Part 2)



THEY SAY THEY LOVE ME
but I still feel trapped

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ABUSER STYLES

1. EMOTIONAL PREDATOR
🧩 These are the chameleons, who can be all things to all people – smart & sneakily manipulative.  At first you – the Victim (V) – feel important, seen, heard, understood – but after a while you may realize you’re caught in a web – you’re the slave, the child, the worshiper – but never an equal, never separate, as your own person

☻ Perpetators (P) have a natural instinct for sensing people who are vulnerable or sensitive, that have low self-esteem, have weak emotional & sexual boundaries, are sexually frustrated, lonely, needy, bored, desperate for a relationship, on the rebound, ignored, wounded… so the predator can take advantage

☻ If you are their mark, they’ll watch your eye & body language, & listen exciting charmercarefully to what you say – especially when you’re least aware – all before spending enough time to actually know all of you. THEY :
♢ are a smooth talker saying all the right things to make you feel good
♢ use their observations to act like they have all the same interests as you ♢ seem to magically know you right away – so they sound insightful, ‘deep’ & the soul mate you’ve been waiting for!

☻ To sweep you off your feet – they come on fast & strong, create a lot of excitement & fun, while keeping an air of mystery about themselves
♢ are overly helpful, comforting and understanding – as they take over every aspect of your life by becoming adviser, parent figure, spiritual leader, mentor
♢ ‘magically’ fulfill your physical, financial, emotional needs
♢ move in or want to get married too quickly
♢ push right away to get every detail of your life & most private info (bank accounts, family connections….)

2. MENTALLY / EMOTIONALLY ILL
mental illnessa. Medical : Active chemical Addictions, Manic-Depression, Schizophrenia, OR any illness used as defense, to exploit someone or as a stick to keep others in line
They :
• are currently being treated for a psychiatric disorder such as schizophrenia, are on any kind of heavy-duty psychiatric medication
• are on disability for a mental condition, usually long-term
• have been jailed for illegal or ‘crazy’ behavior &/or hospitalized for emotional problems or life-threatening acts
• have been / are under the supervision of a case manager with community mental-health services

b. Personality Disorders  – many of these abusers were taken to counseling as a child with no improvement, & have not been helped or changed with adult counseling or medication
⚑ Dramatic/ erratic: Antisocial, Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Passive-aggressive PDs
⚑ Fearful / anxious: Avoidant, Dependent, Obsessive-compulsive, Paranoid, Schizoid (NOT schizophrenic) PDs
They :
• always bring the conversation around to themselves
• are inflexible & have trouble being spontaneous. use B & W thinking
• believe or act as though rules are for everyone except them
• engage in daredevil /dangerous behaviors, think they’re special, unique – and should be treated as such
• have trouble keeping a job, relationships, a place to live….

3. PARENT SEEKER – THEY:
• are passive aggressive : expect or demand that you make choices for them, & then blame you for being controlling, & complain / whine when they don’t like what you picked
•  claim they want / need you to do things for them because it makes them feel good – AND you’d want that, right?. Pout or guilt-trip if you don’t wait on them hand & foot
• don’t have & don’t want outside friends, relationships, or interests
They
• expect special treatment because they’re ‘needy’, wounded, damaged, suffering… 
• expect a parent figure (mentor/caretaker) to handle all areas of their life
parent seeker• need constant reassurance they’re OK
• may have had several failed relationships, all with a history of being rescued, kept, or protected in various ways – ie. infantilized
They 
• underachieve to avoid responsibility or the possibility of failure
 • want you to make all big life decisions for them, be told what to do, act incompetent (they’re really not) & need direction to get anything done
• want to be waited on, & refuse to do even basic things for themself or help with adult chores
(Modified from : Stop Abusive Relationships“)

NEXT: Abuser Types #3

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