A dominant or domineering man
These are my personal views.
The man is domineering, he has an air of self importance about him, the woman frets a lot, she is reluctant to purchase clothes for herself because he might not like them and she will have to take them back, after he has 'mocked' her for choosing something that he deems 'makes her look fat' or he doesnt think suits her...even though she may well look lovely in it.
He doesnt like her friends too much, he might say its because there not nice people and they are using her, there not really her friends, why would she want to mix with people like that!, she may well have been friends with them for years and he hasnt but he is only expressing his opinions because 'he cares' and doesnt want to see her being taken advantage of. So she doesnt see them so much because he gets upset and she understands (she thinks) that he is upset because he cares.
She has friends that are men, known them for years, they may well be happily married but the domineering man doesnt think it appropriate for married men to be so friendly with her, he tells the woman how can she be so gulliable and not see that there after a bit on the side, is she stupid? the woman doesnt want the aggravation so they dont mix with these other couples now....she thinks? how cute the mans jealousy is..is it jealousy?
The man expresses his 'concern' with what she reads, what she watches, what she eats, how much she drinks, where she works, he might suggest that actually she shouldnt work, maybe its best the woman thinks if only she reads, watches, eats and drinks what the man says is good for her..because as he says 'he knows best' and its because he cares. And maybe he is right that her job isnt right for her, to forget about going for that promotion because as he said "your not really good enough for it..but im only saving you from humiliating yourself"
The man does as he likes, when he likes but as he has explained to the woman he is more 'knowledgeable' and experienced about life and people, she isnt, and he wants to keep her safe, so the woman has these little niggles and moments of doubts when she is home alone and has no one to talk to, but she cant trust her own opinion because as he has told her time and time again 'he knows best', she isnt sure she is happy but then he is 'dominant' and isnt this what it is meant to be like.