Friday, July 10, 2009

Emotional Abuse - What Is It?

Emotional Abuse, also called Psychological Abuse, is characterized by one person subjecting another person to behavior which is psychologically harmful. This behavior is intended to threaten, humiliate or de-grade someone for the purposes of control. Victims of emotional abuse may feel depressed, anxious, insecure and worthless.

What does Emotional Abuse look like?

  • Being called names by your partner.
  • Using words to shame
  • Critical, sarcastic, mocking words meant to put you down either alone or in front of other people.
  • Yelling, swearing and screaming.
  • Using threats to intimidate.
  • Your abuser may blame you for his/her loss of control.
  • Your feelings are dismissed. (Ex. Refusing to discuss issues that upset you.)
  • You often wonder why you feel so bad. (Ex. You feel depressed and have even wondered if you are crazy.)
Find help in your state from the American Self Help Group Clearinghouse or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

1 comment:

  1. I think what people forget at times is this is a pattern of behavior. You see people using all kinds of excuses when they read these lists of behaviors. 'anyone can do some of that at one time or another in life' as a way of blowing it off.

    Good list tho! Thank you!