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Over time, however, these abusive patterns continue and a victim can become confused, anxious, isolated, and depressed, and they can lose all sense of what is actually happening.

Then they start relying on the abusive partner more and more to define reality, which creates a very difficult situation to escape.

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The woman who made the Ken doll made it to resemble her husband.

Ken's best friend, Allan Sherwood (Midge's boyfriend, later husband), was introduced in 1964.

If so, your partner may be using what mental health professionals call “gaslighting.” , in which a husband attempts to drive his wife crazy by dimming the lights (which were powered by gas) in their home, and then he denies that the light changed when his wife points it out.

It is a very effective form of emotional abuse that causes a victim to question their own feelings, instincts, and sanity, which gives the abusive partner a lot of power (and we know that abuse is about power and control).

The style of the doll was thought to resemble fashions and accessories worn by some segments of the gay community at the time, and "Earring Magic Ken" subsequently attained a cult following, becoming a collector's item.

In February, 2004, Mattel announced a split for Ken and Barbie, with Russell Arons, vice president of marketing at Mattel, saying that Barbie and Ken "feel it's time to spend some quality time – apart...

In order to overcome this type of abuse, it’s important to start recognizing the signs and eventually learn to trust yourself again.

According to author and psychoanalyst Robin Stern, Ph.

I always appreciate it when a topic for an article happens to fall into my lap.

It saves me all of the time and anxiety that comes with writing a thrice-weekly column that usually culminates with the 3 AM insomnia-inducing panic that leads to my brain screaming “I HAVE RUN OUT OF IDEAS!

Does your partner say things like this to you a lot?

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