• Sharon Gulley

Crossing the Line

Starting new relationships can be an enjoyable time to learn about others and ourselves, but in some relationships it can also bring about emotional or physical harm. While it may not be obvious that a partner is crossing the line in the beginning of a relationship, troubles may grow more pronounced over time.

  1. Controlling and Obsessive Behavior

A partner may cross the line if they feel a frequent desire to be in contact with you, leaving you feeling smothered. "Expect Respect” He may also want to monitor your whereabouts throughout the day, know who you talked to and what conversations you had, or try to pressure you into dropping certain activities or relationships for him

  1. Handling Disagreements

Crossing the line may be more common when couples face disagreements. Name-calling, yelling and temper tantrums have no place in a healthy disagreement. A partner who has a difficult time handling disagreements may also obviously ignore you when you are speaking, refuse to accept any responsibility for the problem, or blame you and only you on a consistent basis.

  1. Emotional Issues

In a relationship that crosses the line, you may find that your relationship with your girlfriend/boyfriend/partner affects relationships with your family and friends, or keeps you from doing your best at work and school. They may also flirt with others to make you jealous, which in turn can inflate their self-esteem. Manipulation, like threatening to do something drastic in order to get their way, like threatening to hurt themselves or someone you love.


1. Abusive Behavior


Verbally abusive behavior may be hard to detect for some people; they may put you or your other loved ones down, criticize your appearance; shove, hit or kick you. Whether it’s a sign you only see when you two are alone or a glaringly obvious warning that’s noticed by everyone around you; warning signs shouldn’t be ignored.


Coach Sharon


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