Emotional Abuse

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Experiencing even one or two of these behaviors in a relationship is a red flag that abuse may be present. Remember, each

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Emotional abuse can happen to anyone at any time in their lives. Children, teens and adults all experience emotional abuse. And emotional abuse can have devastating consequences on relationships and all those involved. Just because there is no physical mark doesn’t mean the abuse isn’t real and isn’t a problem or even a crime in some countries.

Definition of Emotional Abuse

One definition of emotional abuse is: “any act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity, and self-worth.”1

Emotional abuse is also known as  psychological abuse or as chronic verbal aggression. People who suffer from emotional abuse tend to have very  low self esteem and show personality changes . They may become withdrawn and depressed, anxious or suicidal

Signs and Symptoms of emotional abuse

Emotional abuse symptoms vary but can invade any part of a person’s life. Signs of emotional abuse include:

  • Yelling or swearing 
  • Name calling or insults; mocking
  • Threats and intimidation
  • Ignoring or excluding
  • Isolating
  • Humiliating
  • Denial of the abuse and blaming of the victim

Emotional abuse, like other types of abuse in a relationship becomes a  cycle . The abuser usually experience  guilt,  over the consequences of his  or her actions and will make up excuses for his or her behavior to avoid taking responsibility of what happened. The abuser usually pretends as if the abuse never happened and may, in fact, be extra charming, apologetic and loving to make the abused believe that he/she regrets the action and will not abuse again.

Examples of Emotional Abuse

  • Threats of violence or abandonment
  • Intentionally frightening
  • Making an individual fear that they will not receive the food or care they need
  • Lying
  • Failing to check allegations of abuse against them
  • Making derogative or slanderous statements about an individual to others
  • Socially isolating an individual, failing to let them have visitors
  • Withholding important information
  • Demeaning an individual because of the language they speak
  • Intentionally misinterpreting traditional practices
  • Repeatedly raising the issue of death
  • Telling an individual that they are too much trouble
  • Ignoring or excessively criticizing
  • Being over-familiar and disrespectful
  • Unreasonably ordering an individual around; treating an individual like a servant or child