How to Spot a Potential Abuser

If you’re afraid that you or someone you love may be getting into an abusive situation, Dr. Phil gives some signs to look for:

1. Excessive and quick commitment to relationships

2. Isolation

3. Extremely possessive and jealous, confused with love

4. Control of all money

5. Name-calling and demeaning

6. Threats against you, your children or of suicide for failure to comply (emotional
extortion)

7. Exhibits cruelty to animals or children

8. Takes away choices such as food, fashion, social life

9. Chauvinistic

10. Excessive monitoring

11. Dominating time

12. Extreme sense of entitlement

13. Blames the victim (“They made me do it”)

14. Insecure but presents a false sense of superiority

15. Lack of empathy

16. Hypersensitivity and victim mentality

17. Extreme controlling behavior early on disguised as concern for safety

18. Presents dual personalities

19. Poor communication skills