It's no secret that we see what we project. And when it comes to partner abuse, doing so can have repercussions for all of us.
Prior abuse in one's life can set the stage for misinterpretations of our adult partner's actions, intentions, feelings and relationship to us.
Now this doesn't mean that when one comes from some type of childhood abuse that perceived intimate partner abuse, or even "controlling" behavior, isn't real. As we also know there is a greater likelihood of prior childhood abuse (whether emotional, verbal, physical or sexual) for individuals in adult abusive relationships.
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Dr. Jeanne King, Ph.D., our official Abusive Relationships Expert