He gets hurt too – Men Abused by Women
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Many in society associate domestic violence or abuse with males as the perpetrator. In actuality, the number of men abused by women is quite high. It is a topic that is given less attention, however men are significantly impacted by women who have Cluster B personality disorders. Many lose their children and are less supported in the legal system based upon gender.
Many women who abuse their partners have disturbances in personalty. One of most violating and abusive styles of personality (male or female) is psychopathy. A relationship with a psychopathic woman can be equally as devastating as involvement with a psychopathic male. Her partners will be subjected to similar negative experiences, such as manipulation, lack of empathy, and abuse. She may be prone to play the victim role or use her sexuality to control him. Lies, callousness and game playing are commonly present.
Given that women within our society are typically the nurturers, families with a psychopathic mother are at a severe disadvantage. Her children and mate may find they have to walk on eggshells, be subjected to rages, and attempt to make sense of behaviors that are inconsistent with love.
Unfortunately, societal norms make it less likely that a man would be viewed as a victims of abuse, thereby potentially placing him at a disadvantage legally and/ or emotionally.
Research indicates that women with psychopathy tend to have features of other personality disorder present in conjunction to psychopathy (Sprague, Javdani, Sadeh, Newman, and Verona, 2012; Hicks, Vaidyanathan, and Patrick, 2010). Therefore, in addition to the presence of severe affective limitations (e.g., callousness, lack of guilt) associated with psychopathy, many women with this condition are also emotionally dysregulated and dramatic (Wynn, Høiseth, and Pettersen, 2012).
There is a high probability that features of borderline and histrionic personality disorder will also be present. It would not be uncommon to experience her as a seductive manipulative attention seeker (Muñoz, Khan and Cordwell, 2011).
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