Dear Future Girlfriend,
I am truly sorry for your loss. Right now, everything is great as you’re in the honeymoon phase. But soon his veneer will slip, and you will be under his control. Whatever view you had of yourself before you met him, imagine a shadow and a husk of that. Whatever strengths and talents you imagined yourself possessing before you met him, shatter them all and start over from scratch. Your confidence and self-esteem will hit rock bottom because of the way you will be treated and manipulated. You will lose yourself. When he tells you that he loves you, he really means:
He loves knowing that through gaslighting, and other mind-game tactics, he can make you question your own memory, perception and sanity.
He loves the power he has to get you back whenever you threaten to leave, by throwing a few words of affirmation your way. He loves watching how quickly he talks you into trusting him when he turns on the charm, deceiving you into thinking, “this time, he will change” He loves that he can make you feel he’s doing you a favor by being with you and throwing a few crumbs your way.
He loves enabling his self-serving behavior through verbal abuse and relishes how easy it is to diminish and manipulate you. He loves the power to take advantage of your kindness and the pleasure he derives when he makes himself feel huge in comparison to you, taking every opportunity to devalue you with harsh words making you feel small and insignificant.
He loves how easy it is to throw a smokescreen over whatever it is that you bring up and use another issue as a diversion from the actual topic. He loves to get you flustered, make you act “crazy” over not getting what you want from him, making you repeat yourself.
He loves having you to project onto deflecting all the issues about his own actions by shifting the focus onto something irrelevant. He loves knowing how effective his tactics have been to keep you in pain when you keep telling him how much he hurt you.
He loves that you are there to blame, making you feel guilty to accomplish his goals and desires.
He loves deriving pleasure from depriving you of anything that would make you feel special and worthwhile with his harsh words and snide comments. He loves to exert his charisma and charm highlighting his positive attributes all the while devaluing yours.
He loves that he can isolate you through a smear campaign, keeping you from others who may nourish you, and break the spell of thinking they ever loved you; He loves making you mistrust them and that no one likes you.
He loves being the center of your universe, regardless of how he mistreats you. He loves alienating you, draining the energy from your life at risk of losing more and more of what you most value and hold dear.
He loves fixing and shaping your thoughts and beliefs, controlling your mind, so that you think of him as your Supreme Being. He loves being in control of you like an addiction.
He loves how skillfully he manipulates others’ opinions of you through third party reinforcements, getting them to side with him as the “good” guy or “good” parent.
He loves how he can use his power to keep you down, doubting and second-guessing yourself, questioning your sanity, obsessed with explaining and defending yourself while projecting his own insecurities onto you.
He loves you so much he will become obsessed with you, stalking your every move, always afraid you might abandon him.
He loves making you fearful, keeping you in your place.
He loves the way he feels when he’s with you. Due to how often he hates and look down on others in general, mirroring feelings of self-loathing.
He loves to dismiss and punish accordingly with judgement and shame until you learn your “lesson,” and to take your place as a voiceless object, a possession
to serve his pleasure. He loves using you as a punching bag, to make himself feel good by making you feel bad about yourself or that you deserved it.
When he says he loves you, he actually loves trivializing what he did that hurt or embarrassed you, or how little time he spent engaged with you or the children.
He loves taunting and provoking you, over everything you say, any hurts or complaints you share to keep you on the crazy wheel, ever trying to explain yourself, ever doubting yourself with his altered reality tactics. He loves to ride the crazy wheel.
He loves the way he feels when you are with him, more specifically, regarding you as a piece of property he owns. He loves the extent to which you enhance his status in the eyes of others. He loves thinking others are jealous of his possessions.
He loves that he can make you feel insecure at the drop of a hat, especially by giving attention to other women.
He loves you because, due to the self-loathing he carries inside, he needs someone who won’t abandon him. Meanwhile he will be seeking comfort in others’ arms.
He loves the power he has over you and the feeling he gets from winning the game, regardless of the effects in has on you or the family.
Wishing you all the best,
The Ex – wife, mother, survivor