How To Stop The Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is horrendous and can lead to physical violence

Emotion abuse even has a nursery rhyme "sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never harm me?". While you're mother may have had the best of intentions, we all know words do hurt and can leave long lasting scars. This is called emotional abuse.

There are many different types of abuse and violence that lead a person to develop low self esteem. One of the most common forms of violence is what is known as psychological, or emoational abuse.

This form of abuse is characterised by a person subjecting or exposing another person to behaviour that is psychologically harmful - such as when a spouse, bully, employer or other person makes you feel bad about yourself by putting your down, calling you names or ignoring you.

Any one, of any age, can be a target for emotional abuse. Any form of behaviour that aims to demoralise, control, humiliate or cause you to doubt your feelings is a form of emotional abuse and should not be tolerated.

However, abusive relationships can also be very hard to get out of as the constant cycle of abuse eats away at your self esteem and can make you believe that you're the one with the problem.

Emotional abuse is a type of abuse that systematically wears away at your self confidence, self esteem, and trust in your own perceptions. Eventually you lose all sense of your self and value of yourself as a person.

Unlike the old nursery rhyme words can in fact hurt you, sometimes more than sticks and stones. The wounds words leave behind can be far deeper and longer lasting than physical ones.

However, spotting emotional abuse can be difficult. There are many different forms of psychological abuse which are generally characterised as behaviours by a person that cause you to feel bad.

These include:
  • making unreasonable demands of you
  • constantly criticising you
  • denying your emotional needs
  • deliberately creating arguments
  • questioning you sanity or perceptions
  • denying abusive events occuring
  • emotionally withdrawing from you
  • emotionally blackmailing you
  • withholding information from you
  • responding unpredictably or irationally in everyday situations
  • calling you names, or putting you down
  • humiliating you either in private or in front of others
  • blaming you for their anger

Any of these behaviours cause you to doubt your own perceptions of yourself and work away at your self esteem. Once your self esteem has been lowered it is harder for you to see your worth and argue that you shouldn't be treated this way.

Remember, you do not have to live this way. Everyone deserves to be loved and respected, especially by people they trust. So if you are in an emotionally abusive relationship it is important that you recognise how this abuse affects you so you can take the first step towards a new, positive you.

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