A Psychologist Weighed In On Matt’s ‘Abusive’ Ways On ‘Love Is Blind’ And She Has Some Notes

The last season of Love is blind had so many red flags that even a clinical psychologist decided to provide expert advice.

Isabelle Morley, a clinical psychologist from Massachusetts, says reality TV “should have an ethical duty to protect people,” especially from abusive relationships, which she says is a common theme on LIB3.

In a recent column for psychology today, Morley started tearing in the Matt Bolton‘s abusive traits and the Lacheys’ subsequent failure to call him out for it.

She called him “The Matt Mistake” and pointed out how the show seems to have fostered Bolt on the other cast members during the last episode of season 3.

“During the meeting, the Lacheys face the candidates at their most embarrassing, regrettable and painful moments,” Morley pointed out. “Except Matt.”

Instead of making Bolton take responsibility for his actions, the hosts glossed over his multiple outbursts, unlike Bartise Bowden and Cole Barnett, who are forced to explain themselves.

“Nobody is forcing Matt to think or apologize,” Morley added.

Morley also pointed out that none of the other female cast members stepped up to defend his wife Coleen Reed like they did to Zanab Jaffrey at the reunion.

Instead of reprimanding Matt, they went after Reed and made him take responsibility for the loving interaction with Barnett during the pool scene in malibu.

“His behavior was alarming and abusive,” Morley said.

Morley went on to point out Reed’s concerning body language during the reunion episode, including heavy breathing and shifty eyes.

“She barely smiles. She stumbles over the words as she tries to explain herself. She even apologizes for getting emotional and crying,” Morley pointed out. “If she showed up like this in my office, I would be very worried about her.”

Morley called out the show for handling the whole situation in a very unprofessional and possibly dangerous manner.

“If Matt is as abusive as he appeared on screen, then the Lacheys and the entire production team have made an unforgivable mistake,” Morley says.

“They put Colleen in the crosshairs for more abuse. They reopened Matt’s first abuse trigger and encouraged the contestants to rehash their reactions.”

The pair were one of two couples to say yes on season 3 of the hit reality show, despite several tense moments.

Bolton and Reed revealed they weren’t living together because of their leases.

“We’re totally on the same page,” Reed finally clarified, adding that “logistics” and “money” were factors holding them back from moving in.

But some fans didn’t buy it and flooded Reed’s TikTok comments sectionasking to be careful of Bolton, who blasted him several times on camera for seemingly minor arguments on the show.

“His shifty eyes and fake smiles were so creepy this whole reunion episode,” read one popular tweet.

“It’s hard to see abuse when it’s happening to you, and it’s hard to get out of an abusive situation even when you see it. It’s even harder to get out of an abusive relationship when there’s pressure to staying, like being filmed or being put on your wedding day,” explained psychologist Morley from an expert perspective.

She finally offered the show a four-step action plan to Love is blind makers to avoid similar situations in future seasons:

  1. The show should hire a psychologist (or maybe a few) to support contestants
  2. Producers must intervene in the event of abuse. They must protect the well-being of candidates
  3. They should publicize the domestic violence hotline number or other resources
  4. There should be an on-screen message during an abusive interaction so viewers know the behavior is unacceptable and know not to normalize it.

Do you think Love is blind should adopt Morley’s four-step action plan?

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