The abuser wants the target to feel like they have to compete with another person for their attention, respect, and/or admiration.
emotionally abusive relationship
Physical abuse is something obvious. There’s concrete evidence that there is an issue and the relationship is an unhealthy one. But emotional abuse takes on a different form. It isn’t so obvious and when you’ve endured a relationship like this for a long enough period of time you don’t even realize.
You’ll waste your whole life waiting for them to change. Sleeping next to them and feeling alone. Wondering why they won’t treat you right. You keep thinking it’s your fault and you give more and more, hoping that your efforts will change things. You’re in love with a lie, this is just the truth that you don’t want to face. Let it go!