I Wanted Him to Hit Me Instead: The Physical Trauma of Emotional Abuse.
Suzanna Quintana

I think the easiest way to know if you’re involved with a disordered person is that, after even a short time with them, you find yourself doing “reality-checks” — saying to other people you trust, “this is what happened, that’s not right, is it?” or similar. It’s like you know the situation isn’t normal, but you’ve been being “trained” by the abuser to accept the unacceptable. Yet, even after all of the training, your inner self knows better & reaches out for sanity. This is assuming, of course, that the abuser hasn’t already smeared or otherwise cut you off from anyone who would believe you. It’s truly a nightmare to find yourself in & terrifically difficult to extricate yourself from. It takes a very long time to get past it & even when you feel healed, the scars do remain as reminder to keep your eyes open & to never take things for granted again. xx

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