Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: Being belittled and degraded Good morning Shirley and Steve, I am 24 years old and I am dating a 30-year-old guy and we have a child together. Ever since we moved in together I have been catching hell. He degrades me and calls me names and tells me I’m not smart enough and that I will never make it anywhere. I try and do all that is necessary to support us but sometimes that isn’t enough. I don’t know why he treats me as he does. He is the type of guy who thinks he’s smarter and has more class than anyone else. In our relationship I spend my time trying to make sure I always do things right because I am afraid that he will criticize me or call me dumb. Those words hurt me, but I don’t know my way out. I do know that I don’t want the relationship, but I need help. Steve, could you help me? What is all of this from him? He’s not physically abusive but mentally abusive. What should I do? Is this an insecurity that I have? Is it him? Please help me because I have been going through some things. I’m stressed because I don’t know my worth and I think it has been stripped away from me. He has torn me down. To submit your own letter to Strawberry Letter, click here. For more information on Steve Harvey Comedy tour dates, click here. For more Strawberry Letters at ESSENCE.com, click here.
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