Any behavior designed to control another human being through fear, guilt, manipulation, coercion, intimidation, and humiliation is called abuse. Emotional abuse, on the other hand does not leave toward scars, but damages the person from the inside, seriously damaging the emotional health, and causing depression, anxiety, and skewed of self-worth and extreme lack of self-esteem. The emotional abuse is harmful psychologically and the victims are more likely to blame themselves. The road to recovery is long, and the first step is recognize such a relationship and get out of it.
These are the sings of emotionally abusive relationship:
- Your partner tells inappropriate and mean, and demeaning jokes, stating you as the punch line;
- Your partner criticizes you and points out your flaws, making you feel like you cannot do anything right;
- Your partner embarrasses you constantly in front of others;
- He or she care less about your feelings and tell you that you are too sensitive, or your opinions are wrong;
- He or she constantly reminds you of your flaws and failures, being eager to make sure that you know what is wrong with you;
- He or she tries to control each move you make and each word that you say;
- Your partner belittles you, telling you that your goals, accomplishments, and dreams are insignificant and stupid;
- He or she is not showing any affection toward your withholds affection as a form of punishment when you do something that he or she does not approve;
- Your partner dismisses or gives you disapproving looks which make you nervous and afraid to be alone with him or her;
- Blames you for his or her issues, overall unhappiness, and bad moods;
- Thinks you are incapable of most things and “knows” what is best for you;
- Shares your secrets or private moments openly with other people, even though he or she knows that is not what you’d want;
- Makes you feel like you are not good enough for him or her, your partner says that he or she could do better, and that you need to be thankful for their relationship;
- Makes you feel guilty about wanting to see your family and friends, or going somewhere on your own;
- Your partner is laughing at mistakes and weaknesses on others, and also gets angry if she or he is being laughed at those weaknesses and errors;
- He or she controls your finances in order to monitor how much money you have spent;
- Makes subtle threats that might be disguised as a “suggestion” to help you;
- Insists on being right and doing things his/her way as you are always wrong;
- Accuses you of things that are not true and forces you to “prove” true love;
- He/she constantly calls/texts you and even shows up to check on you in order to see who you are with and what you are doing when she/he is not around.
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