When I look back at my bad old days, there’re a number of things that stand out as emblematic of who I was – the fear of letting go of a bad relationship because I didn’t think I could do any better, being unable to relax and enjoy my time with one woman because I couldn’t stop looking for the shoe to drop… But there is one very specific night that, to my mind, was one of the most representative of how bad things were.I had gotten permission from my girlfriend at the time (warning sign #1) to go play in a Mage campaign with my friends.

Remember, if the person you love is making you feel bad about yourself then he/she really doesn’t love you. You should feel free to express who you really are with your partner. For confidential help, please call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474.

You shouldn’t feel that you need to fix yourself in order to meet your partner’s standard. Recognize the signs of dating abuse and get help if your relationship exhibits any of these characteristics. loveisrespect.org, a collaboration of Break the Cycle and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, can now answer your questions and concerns via text message.

Have you ever unexpectedly encountered your brother's friends? Maybe one of them smiles at you and flashes a grin, getting you all excited? Well here is a guide to girls about how to attract/flirt with your older brothers friends, and maybe, just maybe, they will like you back!

Maybe you have been out with your brother and his friends tag along, or you need a ride and his friends offer?

If people you don’t really care about call you names, it may not be as upsetting.

If that person is your boyfriend or girlfriend it becomes a whole different story.

Many abusers will humiliate or embarrass their partners in public as a method of control to “prove” that only the abuser can love them.

A victim of emotional abuse may start to blame themselves for the abuser’s behavior and come to believe what the abuser says.

You need to be able to tell the difference between a silly nickname and an abusive one.