You may not recognise or even want to acknowledge that someone you care about is causing you emotional harm. You may read this and think I do those things to other people. Emotional abuse is a very common type of abuse and every type of abuse has an element of emotional abuse.
If you are unhappy in a relationship the chances are your partner or family member behaves in a similar way as the abuse described below. You are not alone, help is out there.
Emotional abuses includes
- Intimidating or threatening you. Being aggressive towards, threatening to hurt you, shouting. Bullying you and making you feel helpless.
- Criticising you, name calling, accusing or blaming you. Insulting or humiliating you.
- Telling lies about you or making things up about you. Telling lies up about friends or family.
- Making you feel to blame, to feel guilty, blackmailing you to do something or they will harm themselves or someone else.
- Making you feel undervalued, by dismissing your opinion, making others be abusive to you. Telling you it’s in your head, your overreacting or sensitive. Being abusive one minute then overly affectionate the next.
- Controlling you, telling what to wear, where to go, how to act
- Cheating/Infidelity is form of emotional abuse.