The abuser intentionally behaves in ways that cause fear, degradation and humiliation in order to control the other person.
Forms of this abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and psychological.
This creates a cycle of neediness and resentment, and pretty soon you’re addicted to factors outside of your control to make you feel whole. Leaning too heavily on any one person or thing in your life—whether it's your relationships, your job, or your material goods—for happiness can mean disaster when one of these aspects of your life gets kicked out from under you.
Instead, set healthy boundaries around yourself and your relationships so you don't lose your sense of self.
The New Year is upon us, and once again, we swear to ourselves that we'll stop eating sugar and spend more time with the family.