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Please note: I don't do it with the foresight. I get angry rather quickly but it's usually built up around jealousy, insecurity, something I don't like, can't accept or won't accept, or misinterpreting things when agitated.

I'm currently seeing a psychotherapist for a variety of issues (anxiety been the more prominent; but just lately, this year my anger has been the focus).

I wouldn't have ever put mvyself down for been an emotionally abusive, manipulative or otherwise intimidating boyfriend; never in a million years, but more recently I feel this is what I've become.

I get incredibly jealous and have an inner rage that builds up whenever I see my girlfriend has posted pictures of her with others; more notably male work colleagues. It's almost as though I expect her to be up to no good. Yes, I don't trust her, and she knows this, and haven't for some time, leading to resentment of such forms.

The other week, I invited her to my staff Christmas works' do (even though initially I wasn't gonna go to it, since half my colleagues boil my blood and I hate them). My gf and another work female colleague get real chatty. Just so happens said colleague is one I really really detest. Long story short, she is manipulative and typical ***** type, nasty piece of work and as a principled guy I don't like that. Because I see her and my gf chatting, I see this as an attempt to get under my skin. I.e. My colleague. It's almost like, 'hey your gf thinks I'm great, so -**** you'

Anyways, cutting story short; as the night progresses I stew in my own inner dialogue and rage. Said colleague persuades her to stay out on the town, whereas we'd decides amongst me and her we'd go home. I immediately grab partners hands, and tell her I think said colleague is a complete cow, she's doing it deliberately. Gf disagrees, tells me she's just been friendly. I become more frustrated at the prospect she is sort of dismissive.

I turn to my girlfriend and in a blind red mist, I grab her forearms, pull her in and stare into her eyes and say "look can you see the rage in my ******** eyes?" She immediately looked terrified, as I'd expected. However, really and actually I didn't mean to harm her, my anger was misguided and I actually had full intents aimed at colleague.

Later after I calmed down, I told her I was sorry and that my anger stems from the fact I didn't like seeing her interacting and getting along well with people I didn't like. Or seeing colleague getting along with her was a kick in my teeth so to speak. Girlfriend told me that she didn't give a damn if girl didn't like me, and she couldn't care less (which actually hurt, because i expect her to understand and have my back and she is the only person that keeps me happy), and that she and colleague were getting along well and that's all she cared for. All well and good, but see thing is, perhaps I have a habit of putting my girlfriend on pedestal. So much so that her actions make me happy. And she is my source of happiness, and when I see my happiness, my livelihood and my life getting attacked by some cow I absolutely hate; it bothers me. It also bothers me to see my girlfriend laughing and joking with her.

Point is; I feel like I'm turning into a monster, my insecurities that she'll meet someone else agitate me (had insecurities well before anger surfaced). Am I deserving of her? Should I rot in hell?
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You're probably not going to like this, but you need to leave her. At the very least take a break until you have your anger issues resolved.
If you care about her, it's for the best. No matter how much she loves you, if you start acting this way often it could psychologically scar her, maybe even for life. You don't want that to happen to her, trust me.
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People change, sadly she has and you haven't. But the good thing is, you're seeking help on your problems so you're not a completely narcissistic sadistic psychopath. If she thinks she'll be fine with the "*****" you so-call her, so be it. Even go as far as hand in a notice if you wish, and find some other company to work for that you think you'll get along with.
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People change, sadly she has and you haven't. But the good thing is, you're seeking help on your problems so you're not a completely narcissistic sadistic psychopath. If she thinks she'll be fine with the "*****" you so-call her, so be it. Even go as far as hand in a notice if you wish, and find some other company to work for that you think you'll get along with.
Do you mean to say my girlfriend has changed?

I just felt a bit pissed that she seemed to be sucking up to her, and even me to some extent. I wasn't having any of it. I've been getting help for a very very long time, and although I suspect that you were been sarcastic, I don't think I am what you describe. I have a lot of other things going on which I haven't mentioned here, because you'd be reading a novel length post if I did!

Most of my issues stem from me not liking people, paranoia and me getting agitated at certain things happening which I don't agree.
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I have angry problems. I have urges to murder people and stuff. I also hate people. I worry about this getting into a relationship with someone also. You need to make sure you don't put yourself in positions where you can feel resentful or get angry at her. So inviting her to this do was a mistake. Also how can you actually be in a relationship with someone you don't trust, who doesn't understand you and doesn't care what you feel about something? To be honest I don't think this is just your problem, it is a problem with your relationship with her. Maybe you should think about ending it?
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Please note: I don't do it with the foresight. I get angry rather quickly but it's usually built up around jealousy, insecurity, something I don't like, can't accept or won't accept, or misinterpreting things when agitated.

I'm currently seeing a psychotherapist for a variety of issues (anxiety been the more prominent; but just lately, this year my anger has been the focus).

I wouldn't have ever put mvyself down for been an emotionally abusive, manipulative or otherwise intimidating boyfriend; never in a million years, but more recently I feel this is what I've become.

I get incredibly jealous and have an inner rage that builds up whenever I see my girlfriend has posted pictures of her with others; more notably male work colleagues. It's almost as though I expect her to be up to no good. Yes, I don't trust her, and she knows this, and haven't for some time, leading to resentment of such forms.

The other week, I invited her to my staff Christmas works' do (even though initially I wasn't gonna go to it, since half my colleagues boil my blood and I hate them). My gf and another work female colleague get real chatty. Just so happens said colleague is one I really really detest. Long story short, she is manipulative and typical ***** type, nasty piece of work and as a principled guy I don't like that. Because I see her and my gf chatting, I see this as an attempt to get under my skin. I.e. My colleague. It's almost like, 'hey your gf thinks I'm great, so -**** you'

Anyways, cutting story short; as the night progresses I stew in my own inner dialogue and rage. Said colleague persuades her to stay out on the town, whereas we'd decides amongst me and her we'd go home. I immediately grab partners hands, and tell her I think said colleague is a complete cow, she's doing it deliberately. Gf disagrees, tells me she's just been friendly. I become more frustrated at the prospect she is sort of dismissive.

I turn to my girlfriend and in a blind red mist, I grab her forearms, pull her in and stare into her eyes and say "look can you see the rage in my ******** eyes?" She immediately looked terrified, as I'd expected. However, really and actually I didn't mean to harm her, my anger was misguided and I actually had full intents aimed at colleague.

Later after I calmed down, I told her I was sorry and that my anger stems from the fact I didn't like seeing her interacting and getting along well with people I didn't like. Or seeing colleague getting along with her was a kick in my teeth so to speak. Girlfriend told me that she didn't give a damn if girl didn't like me, and she couldn't care less (which actually hurt, because i expect her to understand and have my back and she is the only person that keeps me happy), and that she and colleague were getting along well and that's all she cared for. All well and good, but see thing is, perhaps I have a habit of putting my girlfriend on pedestal. So much so that her actions make me happy. And she is my source of happiness, and when I see my happiness, my livelihood and my life getting attacked by some cow I absolutely hate; it bothers me. It also bothers me to see my girlfriend laughing and joking with her.

Point is; I feel like I'm turning into a monster, my insecurities that she'll meet someone else agitate me (had insecurities well before anger surfaced). Am I deserving of her? Should I rot in hell?
I've read enough. YOU ARE ABUSIVE AND SHE NEEDS TO FREE HERSELF FOR MANIPULATIVE AND SICKENING JERK LIKE you.
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I've read enough. YOU ARE ABUSIVE AND SHE NEEDS TO FREE HERSELF FOR MANIPULATIVE AND SICKENING JERK LIKE you.
To be honest I know of far worse guy's than him. Narcissists who manipulate girls, gain control over them and hurt them over and over again, just because they want to and they feel nothing afterwards. I would end these sum-human scum quickly.

However in this case the OP isn't like that. He see's he has a problem with himself and wants to correct it. His girlfriend should be helping him and trying to understand him, but she isn't. It is her fault, as much as it is his.
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To be honest I know of far worse guy's than him. Narcissists who manipulate girls, gain control over them and hurt them over and over again, just because they want to and they feel nothing afterwards. I would end these sum-human scum quickly.

However in this case the OP isn't like that. He see's he has a problem with himself and wants to correct it. He girlfriend should be helping him and trying to understand him, but she isn't. It is her fault, as much as it is his.
Not to be rude but the fact that you know worse doesn't make it excusable what he has done. Whilst you are totally right about him being a narcissist, self obsessed about his problems and his life like he's the only one who matters-
She doesn't have to "fix" him that lies with him and his efforts to change his terrible attitude thought process and actions. Everything is his fault 100% but the you were correct as OP at least recognised his faults. OP change you psychologist ASAP because they are clearly not addressing the issue firmly enough- it will get worse and worse what you are now it the tip of the iceberg and it needs to stop. You gf is a human for god sakes she I mean you're not perfect either look at the "flaws" like you listed now STOP putting her on a pedestal bless her for actually staying after that it may be her attempt of being by your side in such a difficult time. You don't deserve that and frankly free her and let her be and concentrate on yourself and mend your ways once and for all is all I have to say. Take my words seriously.
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Please note: I don't do it with the foresight. I get angry rather quickly but it's usually built up around jealousy, insecurity, something I don't like, can't accept or won't accept, or misinterpreting things when agitated.

I'm currently seeing a psychotherapist for a variety of issues (anxiety been the more prominent; but just lately, this year my anger has been the focus).

I wouldn't have ever put mvyself down for been an emotionally abusive, manipulative or otherwise intimidating boyfriend; never in a million years, but more recently I feel this is what I've become.

I get incredibly jealous and have an inner rage that builds up whenever I see my girlfriend has posted pictures of her with others; more notably male work colleagues. It's almost as though I expect her to be up to no good. Yes, I don't trust her, and she knows this, and haven't for some time, leading to resentment of such forms.

The other week, I invited her to my staff Christmas works' do (even though initially I wasn't gonna go to it, since half my colleagues boil my blood and I hate them). My gf and another work female colleague get real chatty. Just so happens said colleague is one I really really detest. Long story short, she is manipulative and typical ***** type, nasty piece of work and as a principled guy I don't like that. Because I see her and my gf chatting, I see this as an attempt to get under my skin. I.e. My colleague. It's almost like, 'hey your gf thinks I'm great, so -**** you'

Anyways, cutting story short; as the night progresses I stew in my own inner dialogue and rage. Said colleague persuades her to stay out on the town, whereas we'd decides amongst me and her we'd go home. I immediately grab partners hands, and tell her I think said colleague is a complete cow, she's doing it deliberately. Gf disagrees, tells me she's just been friendly. I become more frustrated at the prospect she is sort of dismissive.

I turn to my girlfriend and in a blind red mist, I grab her forearms, pull her in and stare into her eyes and say "look can you see the rage in my ******** eyes?" She immediately looked terrified, as I'd expected. However, really and actually I didn't mean to harm her, my anger was misguided and I actually had full intents aimed at colleague.

Later after I calmed down, I told her I was sorry and that my anger stems from the fact I didn't like seeing her interacting and getting along well with people I didn't like. Or seeing colleague getting along with her was a kick in my teeth so to speak. Girlfriend told me that she didn't give a damn if girl didn't like me, and she couldn't care less (which actually hurt, because i expect her to understand and have my back and she is the only person that keeps me happy), and that she and colleague were getting along well and that's all she cared for. All well and good, but see thing is, perhaps I have a habit of putting my girlfriend on pedestal. So much so that her actions make me happy. And she is my source of happiness, and when I see my happiness, my livelihood and my life getting attacked by some cow I absolutely hate; it bothers me. It also bothers me to see my girlfriend laughing and joking with her.

Point is; I feel like I'm turning into a monster, my insecurities that she'll meet someone else agitate me (had insecurities well before anger surfaced). Am I deserving of her? Should I rot in hell?
Never, ever a good thing. NEVER. You can't rely on others to make you happy. So many people get that wrong. Only YOU can make yourself happy. It makes you too attached to your partner. I think that's part of why you don't trust her much. You feel like losing her would make you unhappy and you would never be able to become happy again, because it was her who gave you the happiness.
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I've read enough. YOU ARE ABUSIVE AND SHE NEEDS TO FREE HERSELF FOR MANIPULATIVE AND SICKENING JERK LIKE you.
Easy there man. I've admitted quite openly what I've done, my behaviour and somewhat 'briefly' why I behave how I do. I probably hadn't done myself justice because I omitted details and could've explained it more rigourously- alas, there was no need- I kind of assumed I'd get these sorts of responses.

In summary, no need to jump down my throat about this. As once again, I've made it clear about how i feel with myself. However, I also feel that she could understand me more, and perhaps empathise with 'why' I may have gotten angry. Of course, it is inexcusable I took it out on he (as we'd both discussed), however, I wish she'd at least understand my reasoning for getting angry. She even disagrees and isn't able to rationalise how I can get so angry like that with said 'colleague'. She basically completed dismissed my feelings and said its unacceptable for me to even get that angry at all. Which kind of makes me feel like I should just bottle it up more, something I've done for years and years.

I've considered changing therapists; she is great at times, but sessions are becoming very repetitive, and furthermore, she can get very frustrated with me, and I get the impression she just wants to shake me at times. You can see the frustration as it seeps through her professional facade occasionally.

I understand that society doesn't accept violence or outward displays of anger/outbursts; but to completely condemn me on a personal level was also a factor which made me more angry- thus, when she said "I don't care whether she likes you or not' etc etc etc. I mean, she should care actually...
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Never, ever a good thing. NEVER. You can't rely on others to make you happy. So many people get that wrong. Only YOU can make yourself happy. It makes you too attached to your partner. I think that's part of why you don't trust her much. You feel like losing her would make you unhappy and you would never be able to become happy again, because it was her who gave you the happiness.
You've hit it right on its head here. I know this, but I can't stop doing it.

I have a habit of doing it, because its so easy to get caught up in love, and derive happiness from this. Its like I'm a sort of love addict. Not that the love is artificial; but that I derive happiness from it. So when I try to wean myself from this source it gets harder.
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Not to be rude but the fact that you know worse doesn't make it excusable what he has done. Whilst you are totally right about him being a narcissist, self obsessed about his problems and his life like he's the only one who matters-
She doesn't have to "fix" him that lies with him and his efforts to change his terrible attitude thought process and actions. Everything is his fault 100% but the you were correct as OP at least recognised his faults. OP change you psychologist ASAP because they are clearly not addressing the issue firmly enough- it will get worse and worse what you are now it the tip of the iceberg and it needs to stop. You gf is a human for god sakes she I mean you're not perfect either look at the "flaws" like you listed now STOP putting her on a pedestal bless her for actually staying after that it may be her attempt of being by your side in such a difficult time. You don't deserve that and frankly free her and let her be and concentrate on yourself and mend your ways once and for all is all I have to say. Take my words seriously.
Sorry but I'm not some 'wife-beating' domestic abuser here. I've been candid about things and transparent about the psychological issues that lie beneath. She hasn't exactly been so understanding at times, and can be dismissive.
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Sorry but I'm not some 'wife-beating' domestic abuser here. I've been candid about things and transparent about the psychological issues that lie beneath. She hasn't exactly been so understanding at times, and can be dismissive.
?? Does everything enter through one ear and leave the other with you?? You are so self absorbed you refuse to look at the issue in any other way...you are still an abuser understand that first and secondly how could she understand somebody who brings here fear and manipulates her? She doesn't have to bow down to you and listen to your every problem at whim- deal with your problems yourself and stop being such a parasite and burden to your gf omg like
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I'm just going to get to the point.

- If you can't stand to face your problems head on and call it for what it is, how can you reasonably expect others to do so? You are not the only one going through life with ****ty colleagues and problems with emotional dysregulation while expecting your girlfriend to leave her own opinions and preferences aside to fully cater to yours; but let me ask you this, does some part of you feel justified about the way you are? You seem to think that there is a redeeming basis for how you act when there is none whatsoever. Deep down you know that most other women won't put up with your blsht. Instead of treating her better, you choose to step on the one person who, for reasons beyond me, has not chosen cut off all contact. Trying to convince a bunch of strangers that you are a * a good man * despite your flaws is misguided. We don't know you, and we don't exactly want to comprehensively understand you (there's the local catholic priest for that). Tell me, what will it serve in the long run? It is you who needs to dig deep and understand the source of and remedy for all this. Change is solely up to you- we don't live in your head! We have no say whatsoever on how you react to daily situations!

- I don't know how your father behaves towards your mother--if you grew up with a father at all, and what issues you have with your mother, but I suggest that all this be explored with your next therapist.

- Life will always throw curveballs at you and unless you are a lifelong ascetic hermit or incredibly wealthy and powerful, nobody will bend over backwards to please you or give a damn about what you are going through 99% of the time. I don't know what you were raised to expect or deserve from life, but welcome to the real world. Find a constructive outlet like the gym, music, creative writing etc. by which you can channel all that pent-up frustration (and there is a time and place to channel it, which I suspect you already know but refuse to adhere to).

- Until you develop emotional self-sufficiency, you will forever let yourself and your partner down in relationships and wonder how did things get so bad. Also, find yourself a respectable male mentor--online/offline/real/fictional, whatever--just have some sort of pivot to get you goal-oriented about changing yourself for the better.

- Irrational anger/aggression is not a heroic, misunderstood trait and has no place in modern, civilised urban life, because this is not "Call of Duty"; if you want that, go to war torn places and see how far all of your dysfunctional behaviour will carry you. Everybody has a choice in how to react. If you abscond from that responsibility, how exactly are you exercising your free will to its full potential? The only real freedom we have is to choose how we react to others. You're acting as if you're on some sort of leash. Why seek understanding when it behooves you to do some introspection? How do you expect to progress when you're consumed by self-pity?I don't know what else to say except for the fact that I did not set out to make you feel good or bad about what you are going through, just realistic. Hope I've opened your eyes and mind to your current predicament somewhat. This is part of what being an adult means. Not being lucid and informed will just keep you going in circles without any substantial progress.

- Develop some skills/point of expertise to cement that self-esteem of yours to enable you to carry on when the going gets tough. Have something to be proud of about yourself, so that you're not always on the edge of a cliff when the world seems to be closing in on you. What do you value or like about yourself? What do you do better than most around you?


Getting your life in order, being self-reliant, respecting others as autonomous beings with agency, understanding the basic 'do unto others' golden rule will generally eliminate the need to manipulate.

Grow some spine and fight your own battles. I wonder why you did not confront that colleague in front of your girlfriend to expose her for what she really is. At least your girlfriend would've gotten to see firsthand what the issue was and put two and two together. What's with the passive-aggression? Why is the onus on how to behave on your girlfriend? Bring the subject up! All you're doing is simmering deep down inside and then blowing up on an unsuspecting person for what you had 0 confidence to do.

Your only pedestal should be your future, idealised self. When you try your best day to day, you'll find that you'll enjoy your own company more without the overwhelming urge to pedestal-ise others. It is obvious but bears mentioning that having a girlfriend is about complementing what already exists instead of making up for what is lacking within you (because a relationship based on the latter is a ticking time bomb).

Ps. Love is a verb, it ceases to exist when one stops caring and putting in the effort. It is about selfless giving without any expectations in return. Do not mistake the following for love:

dependency, infatuation, lust, fulfillment of societal expectation to be in a relationship, loneliness, solipsism, narcissism, *settling*, expectations of 'loyal alliance', having the same views and opinions about everything, compliance without question, escapism from a life lack of meaning, facilitating one's need to control others, waiting and expecting to be rescued from an otherwise sh**y life, transacting the body in exchange for financial security, racial fetishisation, etc.

Romanticising what you think love is and should be (i.e. all or parts of the above) is toxic .


Lastly, wife-beaters have their own set of problems which you would not in a million years want to deal with, believe me. Be grateful for but never complacent about the extent of your issues.


Best of luck, and feel free to neg if you feel that any of that has not been helpful.
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I'm just going to get to the point.

- If you can't stand to face your problems head on and call it for what it is, how can you reasonably expect others to do so? You are not the only one going through life with ****ty colleagues and problems with emotional dysregulation while expecting your girlfriend to leave her own opinions and preferences aside to fully cater to yours; but let me ask you this, does some part of you feel justified about the way you are? You seem to think that there is a redeeming basis for how you act when there is none whatsoever. Deep down you know that most other women won't put up with your blsht. Instead of treating her better, you choose to step on the one person who, for reasons beyond me, has not chosen cut off all contact. Trying to convince a bunch of strangers that you are a * a good man * despite your flaws is misguided. We don't know you, and we don't exactly want to comprehensively understand you (there's the local catholic priest for that). Tell me, what will it serve in the long run? It is you who needs to dig deep and understand the source of and remedy for all this. Change is solely up to you- we don't live in your head! We have no say whatsoever on how you react to daily situations!

- I don't know how your father behaves towards your mother--if you grew up with a father at all, and what issues you have with your mother, but I suggest that all this be explored with your next therapist.

- Life will always throw curveballs at you and unless you are a lifelong ascetic hermit or incredibly wealthy and powerful, nobody will bend over backwards to please you or give a damn about what you are going through 99% of the time. I don't know what you were raised to expect or deserve from life, but welcome to the real world. Find a constructive outlet like the gym, music, creative writing etc. by which you can channel all that pent-up frustration (and there is a time and place to channel it, which I suspect you already know but refuse to adhere to).

- Until you develop emotional self-sufficiency, you will forever let yourself and your partner down in relationships and wonder how did things get so bad. Also, find yourself a respectable male mentor--online/offline/real/fictional, whatever--just have some sort of pivot to get you goal-oriented about changing yourself for the better.

- Irrational anger/aggression is not a heroic, misunderstood trait and has no place in modern, civilised urban life, because this is not "Call of Duty"; if you want that, go to war torn places and see how far all of your dysfunctional behaviour will carry you. Everybody has a choice in how to react. If you abscond from that responsibility, how exactly are you exercising your free will to its full potential? The only real freedom we have is to choose how we react to others. You're acting as if you're on some sort of leash. Why seek understanding when it behooves you to do some introspection? How do you expect to progress when you're consumed by self-pity?I don't know what else to say except for the fact that I did not set out to make you feel good or bad about what you are going through, just realistic. Hope I've opened your eyes and mind to your current predicament somewhat. This is part of what being an adult means. Not being lucid and informed will just keep you going in circles without any substantial progress.

- Develop some skills/point of expertise to cement that self-esteem of yours to enable you to carry on when the going gets tough. Have something to be proud of about yourself, so that you're not always on the edge of a cliff when the world seems to be closing in on you. What do you value or like about yourself? What do you do better than most around you?


Getting your life in order, being self-reliant, respecting others as autonomous beings with agency, understanding the basic 'do unto others' golden rule will generally eliminate the need to manipulate.

Grow some spine and fight your own battles. I wonder why you did not confront that colleague in front of your girlfriend to expose her for what she really is. At least your girlfriend would've gotten to see firsthand what the issue was and put two and two together. What's with the passive-aggression? Why is the onus on how to behave on your girlfriend? Bring the subject up! All you're doing is simmering deep down inside and then blowing up on an unsuspecting person for what you had 0 confidence to do.

Your only pedestal should be your future, idealised self. When you try your best day to day, you'll find that you'll enjoy your own company more without the overwhelming urge to pedestal-ise others. It is obvious but bears mentioning that having a girlfriend is about complementing what already exists instead of making up for what is lacking within you (because a relationship based on the latter is a ticking time bomb).

Ps. Love is a verb, it ceases to exist when one stops caring and putting in the effort. It is about selfless giving without any expectations in return. Do not mistake the following for love:

dependency, infatuation, lust, fulfillment of societal expectation to be in a relationship, loneliness, solipsism, narcissism, *settling*, expectations of 'loyal alliance', having the same views and opinions about everything, compliance without question, escapism from a life lack of meaning, facilitating one's need to control others, waiting and expecting to be rescued from an otherwise sh**y life, transacting the body in exchange for financial security, racial fetishisation, etc.

Romanticising what you think love is and should be (i.e. all or parts of the above) is toxic .


Lastly, wife-beaters have their own set of problems which you would not in a million years want to deal with, believe me. Be grateful for but never complacent about the extent of your issues.


Best of luck, and feel free to neg if you feel that any of that has not been helpful.
Hi, most of what you wrote here in relation to my status is absolutely spot on, so no I don't feel it has not been helpful. You actually touched a few nerves, but overall I agree.

Part of me does feel justified; not necessarily in the way I am treating my girlfriend, but I feel justified for the way I feel. When a person has had a hard, colour loaded past, its understandable for a person to react like this later on in life.

My father (for the short time he was around) treated her 'okay' as far as I know. I was too young to really remember. However, he cheated on my mother and left the family while I was young. This left my mother heart broken and distraught, and she used to cry herself to sleep, meanwhile, me as a young boy used to lay next to her to comfort her to sleep. I didn't really understand it all, but my mum was upset so I did what I could and took the emotional burden on the chin for her. Thereafter, my Father was horrible to my Mother and verbally abusive to her; having witnessed it several times as a child. .

My Mother, is often bitter toward me and nasty, but on the whole shes very caring.
This is something my therapist and i have discussed.

That part where you say that 99% of people don't really care; yeah your damn right they don't but I wish people would. Believe it or not, I may have painted myself out to be a nasty piece of work- but actually, I am a very deeply caring person deep down. My therapist has remarked I'm one of the most reflective clients shes ever had, and that I've been through a lot in my life as a disabled person and suffered horrific bullying- and that when she looks at me she sees the injured boy deep down, but that I am an adult now and I need to forget the child me. Problem is, I can't.

Your correct in that I have a tendency in simmering, and I go from 0-100 in seconds and blow up. The situation with my work colleague outlines this. I feel that if I had confronted work colleague she would've turned it on me, or said "what are you on about?", or some such.

The reason I have developed this tendency is because when I was growing up I had many caregivers; psychologists, educational psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists, consultants. These people did their best they could on some days, but you know what? Some days I felt like ****, and what they did didn't help me. But rather than dissapoint them, I learned to put a face on, and the more I could do this the more I suppressed how i truly felt. The anger, the pain, everything, it was all bottled. Which ultimately has lead to how I am now. I;m stuck in a cycle. But i know you didnt really want to hear this, as you probably dont give a **** been the 99% and all.

I basically ended up bitter and disappointed and blamed other people, because of course it wasn't my fault I was disabled, I didn't ask to be born this way. I didn't ask my father to cheat on my mother. I didn't ask for bullying at school.

Anyways; I'm trying my best in tackling my problems now, and Im trying not to beat myself up.

thank you for your insightful contribution
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You need to learn how to deal with your anger in a different way. I'm glad you realise that you are controlling and you're getting help. I think you should leave your girlfriend and focus on yourself until you're predictable. No one should have to deal with the outbursts of your behaviour. Your thinking is irrational and potentially threatening. You grabbed your girlfriend over something ridiculously minor.
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