How A Possessive Partner Changes The Way You Think

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Breaking down the cycle

Hussain describes the cycle of violence this way: “First, there’s tension building: you feel like you’re walking on eggshells, always worrying something is going to happen. There is heightened anxiety in that phase. Then there is the crisis phase: the fight. The blowup. The threats. The passive aggressive comments. You can fear for your own safety during the crisis phase. Finally there’s the honeymoon/calm phase. Your partner goes back to being the person you fell in love with. He puts on that face and says ‘I love you. It won’t happen again. I’m sorry. I’ll seek help, we’ll do couples therapy…’ But it happens again.”

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