14 Little Things That Look Like Love But Are Actually Manipulation

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3. HE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOU.

He tells you that you mean so much to him, he would die without you. Um, this isn’t romantic, it’s creepy AF. For some emotional abusers, this could end up with them threatening suicide as a way to control you when you don’t do what they want you to do.

4. HE SAYS YOU’RE HIS WHOLE WORLD.

Again, not really romantic. No one should have the pressure of being someone’s everything. If he’s saying this, he’s really hinting at how he wants to be isolated with you, instead of integrated in the world in a healthy way. Don’t be surprised if he starts pulling you away from your loved ones so he can have you all to himself — and control you.

5. HE SPOILS YOU WITH GIFTS YOU DON’T NEED.

It might be sweet, but not if he puts you down for the things you have. If he’s replacing your furniture, clothing or any other items with ones he prefers for you, he’s not giving you a surprise gift — he’s trying to turn you into something you’re not.

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