Emotional / Mental / Psychological Abuse

Emotional Abuse, which can also be referred to as Mental, Verbal or   Psychological Abuse is:

  • A serious mistreatment of another person’s feelings or emotional needs
  • Chronic attitude or acts which interfere with the psychological or social development of a person.
  • There is no single accepted definition of emotional abuse which, like other forms of violence in a relationship, is based on power and domination.
  • It generally does not show its wounds and scars on the outside
  • This victim suffers internally and is in constant, excruciating pain
  • This form of abuse is characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Such abuse is often associated with situations of power imbalance, such as abusive relationships, bullying, and abuse in the workplace
  • Each of us is guilty of having unkindly snubbed a child or adult, having criticized him too harshly, but emotional abuse is consistent and chronic behavior. It usually is related to a constellation of interactions and is cumulative
  • Emotional Abuse involves withholding of love and attention, loving touches, or words of acceptance. Love is only given based on acceptable performance, etc…
  • When someone in your life is Emotionally Blackmailing you; i.e. using fear, obligation, and/or guilt  to manipulate you

There are 12 well-known types of Emotional / Mental / Psychological Abuse:

Emotional abuse can be difficult to observe when it is perpetrated in the privacy of someone else’s home, or in a closed institution because there are no violent marks or bruises. However, personal awareness and understanding of the issue is key to recognizing it.

What Does Emotional Abuse Look Like?

Click here to see a list of possible Emotional Abuse indicators that can help you to determine if someone you know could possibly be  experiencing emotional/ mental/ psychological abuse.

How can I tell if I am being Emotionally / Mentally / Verbally / Psychologically Abused?

Click here to see an Emotional Abuse Checklist that you can use to gauge whether you are being subjected to emotional/mental/psychological abuse.

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