It can start simple enough. After you voice a perspective different from theirs, your companion may playfully advise you to shut up or occasionally joke about how they despise your friends. These are minor details that may not seem like red flags at first. But it is still necessary to pay attention. If your partner is dominant and selfish, it can be quite obvious. Constant disputes and power shifts can be an indication that your partner is trying to dominate you in the relationship.
These could be symptoms that your partner seems to have become emotionally dominant over you.
They reject you because you have opposing views
A dominant partner will be offended if you disagree with them or want to do something against their will. Rather than just acknowledging the difference in point of view, they would lead you to believe that they are right and you are not. This could be one of the symptoms that your partner is trying to control you emotionally.
They are critical of your friends
Isolation is a typical tactic that abusers use to make their victims dependent on them. One of the most powerful methods for an emotionally dominant partner to stay in control is to limit your interactions with friends. As a result, they will likely criticize your choice of friends until you start seeing them negatively.
They have snoopy tendencies
They listen to your discussions with friends, while you are on the phone, chatting or checking your emails. You may even catch them checking your phone’s call history. Sometimes they may ask you about your phone bill and want you to justify why you called a certain acquaintance so many times.
They give you specific looks and you stop talking
There may be obvious non-verbal cues that have formed within the relationship while you are being dominated. For example, you may get a brief look from your partner telling you to stop talking and keep your thoughts to yourself. Without saying anything, you feel like you can’t express your true feelings for fear of a major breakdown.
You can’t live your own life
If you want to do something alone, your partner is annoyed. They act as if they have a moral responsibility to control everything you do “for your own protection, of course”. And they are always happiest when your world revolves around them.
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