What is considered emotional abuse?


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Victor Horo Profile
Victor Horo , Relationship expert, answered

Emotional abuse iѕ juѕt оnе fоrm оf abuse thаt people саn experience in a relationship. Thоugh emotional abuse doesn’t leave physical scars, it саn hаvе a huge impact оn уоur confidence аnd self-esteem. Thеrе аrе a couple оf diffеrеnt types оf emotional abuse аnd it might nоt bе noticeable аt first. However, if уоu аrе bеing emotionally abused thеrе аrе a number оf things уоu саn dо tо gеt support.

Mаnу соnсеrning relationships involve aspects оf emotional abuse. Thе aim оf emotional abuse iѕ tо chip аwау аt a person’s feelings оf self-worth аnd independence. In аn emotionally abusive relationship, a person mау feel thаt thеrе iѕ nо wау оut оf thе relationship оr thаt withоut thеir partner thеу will hаvе nothing.

Emotional abuse саn feel equally аѕ destructive аnd damaging аѕ physical abuse аnd саn dо a terrible amount оf damage tо a person’s mental health. It'ѕ common fоr physically abusive relationships tо аlѕо include aspects оf emotional abuse аѕ thiѕ iѕ hоw power аnd control iѕ maintained within thе relationship.

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Didge Doo answered

Depends on who you are. It can be anything from placing a prisoner in solitary confinement, to having an Islamic terrorist interrogated by a woman, to asking a teenager to tidy their room.

Or it could be adding somebody's "crush" to your Facebook page. I kid you not. :-/

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Tom Jackson answered

According to the University of Illinois counseling center, ″Emotional abuse is any kind of abuse that is emotional rather than physical in nature. It can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics, such as intimidation, manipulation, and refusal to ever be pleased. Emotional abuse can take many forms. Three general patterns of abusive behavior include aggressing, denying, and minimizing'.″ 

Even though there is no established definition for emotional abuse, emotional abuse can possess a definition beyond verbal and psychological abuse. Blaming, shaming, and name calling are a few identifiers of verbal abuse which can affect a victim emotionally. The victim's self-worth and emotional well being is altered and even diminished by the verbal abuse and the result is an emotionally abused victim. The victim may experience severe psychological effects. This would involve the tactics of brainwashing, which can fall under psychological abuse as well, but emotional abuse consists of the manipulation of the victim's emotions. The victim may feel their emotions are being affected by the abuser so much that the victim may no longer recognize what their own feelings are about issue/s the abuser is trying to control. The result is the victim's self-concept and independence are `systematically taken away.

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