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Lawson & Saatchi: Signs of an abusive partner?

If your partner is treating you like Nigella Lawson's husband, you migh need to rethink your relationship.
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Bobby Box, June 19, 2013 12:03:35 PM

TV chef, Nigella Lawson’s millionaire ad mogul husband, Charles Saatchi, has finally admitted to police that he assaulted his wife in clear view at a London restaurant early last week. After Saatchi first dismissed the incident as “a playful tiff”, the photos released of the altercation—which revealed Saatchi seizing Lawson’s throat in four separate instances—proved otherwise. I guess it goes without saying that instead of shooting the assault, photographers should have stepped in and intervened, but I guess that doesn’t make them money.

The Evening Standard reports that Saatchi was recently interviewed by police for four hours, and told the Standard that although his wife had made no complaint, he, himself, decided to accept the formal warning from the police as he “thought it was better than the alternative of this hanging over [the family] for months.”

Lawson’s spokesman confirmed Monday that the chef has since left the couple’s home with their two children, Cosima, 19 and Bruno, 17. Saatchi claims this was his suggestion, and that they will reunite once the dust has settled.

Any form of violence in a relationship—verbal, physical, man to woman, woman to man–is unacceptable. So singles: steer clear of the following traits and early warning signs of a potentially abusive partner—but be warned, these traits are often masked in the beginning, and slowly reveal themselves over time.

Entitlement
People with a sense of entitlement believe that they deserve special consideration and special treatment. People who are entitled are disappointed and offended rather easily.

Superiority
People who feel superior to others need to verbalize how they are better, smarter and more talented than others in order to feel better about themselves. An example of a person who exemplifies this behaviour is the dreaded one-upper. If a potential love interest behaves like a bully, and feels the need to put others down, this same behaviour will make its way to you.

An accuser
Accusers always play the victim and are of the “woe is me” mindset. Thing is, they truly believe in most cases that things are not their fault, even when they obviously are. Accusers will never fess up to their mistakes, and will pass the buck to whomever they’re closest to. Meaning eventually, it’s going to be you.

Sarcasm
Sarcasm can be both harmless and hurtful. But in more cases than not, it is hostile and meant to devalue. Its purpose is to undermine a perspective or to shake someone’s confidence for a temporary ego gain.

Jealousy
It’s difficult to determine what level of jealousy is troublesome, as a certain level shows us they care. History has proven that the most severe violence in relationships involves some form of jealousy; add booze to the mix, and it’s a complete disaster.

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