Just because a person doesn't put hands on you, that doesn't mean they aren't abusive. Abuse is control, blatant disrespect, & also hurtful words. Don't settle for emotional abuse thinking it's ok because it's not physical.
The narcissist or sociopath picks their target exactly, and then destroys all the qualities that attracted them in the first place. Always jealous, always envious, always trying to destroy my life, always failing.
A Verbal Abuser Defined Me: I’m No Longer His Opinion of Me - A verbal abuser wants you to think you are what he says you are and nothing more. You are his to mold, he thinks. Don't be his opinion of you.
The narcissist! Will hang on till he finds something else that serves his purpose. He told me in the beginning he was a bad guy. Well after some digging now I know better. He was telling the truth that time.