Have you ever been bullied? I remember a guy named Skip in Junior High. He used to pick on all sorts of people, including myself. One time he was picking on a friend and I crushed him with my incredible charm and wit (keep in ming this was Junior High). He got in face and was waving his arms and I kind of lost it. I stood up quickly and I shoved him backwards into some desks and then sat back down. He flipped out even more.
Skip was a jerk, I hope he grew out of it, but sadly psychological abusers usually don’t grow out of it.
Check out Shannon Thomas’ book, “Healing from Hidden Abuse: A Journey Through the Stages of Recovery from Psychological Abuse.”