7 TV Girlfriends Who Were Emotionally Abusive

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Emotional abuse is more common than people think and it’s a hard issue to discuss. Because of this, it’s so important to be able to recognize the signs of emotional abuse, whether it’s happening to you or a friend. There are a few shared behaviors of emotionally abusers: they can be liars, manipulators and/or downright possessive. Most of the time, you don’t even realize the person is being emotionally abusive towards you — it’s easier to see it when it’s happening to someone else. It is also, perhaps unfairly, attributed to something guys do more to girls. But girls can be emotionally abusive towards guys as well. And, believe it or not, a lot of your favorite shows feature girlfriends who perpetuate toxic and unhealthy relationships.

There are popular TV girlfriends who are abusive, something you might not even take notice of, because we’re so used to watching for that behavior in guys. Sometimes it seems innocent — the girlfriend is just a little jealous, or is just playing out the “crazy girlfriend” stereotype so popular in Hollywood. But that is definitely not always the case. Take a look at these examples of female characters who were emotionally abusive in their relationships:

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