Psychological Abuse

Psychological abuse

Psychological abuse involves a person’s attempts to frighten, control, or isolate you. In the abusers actions and words, as well as their persistence in these behaviours. Psychological abuse can include:

  • Humiliation, negating and criticising – These tactics are meant to undermine the victims self-esteem. The abuse is harsh and constant. Examples include name calling, public embarrassment, insulting the victims appearance and belittling accomplishments.
  • Accusing, denial and blame – Abusers like to be in power, at the top of the hierarchy, this behaviour comes from their insecurities. Examples include jealousy, using guilt, accusing you of abuse whilst denying their abuse and blaming you for their problems.
  • Isolation and emotional neglect – Many abusers will try to interfere with the relationships of people who are supporting you, so you become more dependent on them. They tend to place their emotional needs ahead of yours. They do this by keeping you away from family and friends, disputing your feelings, dehumanising you and not communicating.
  • Control and Shame – Trying to make the victim feel ashamed of yourself gives the abuser more power. They do this by: Using threats, lecturing, financial control, spying on your social media and monitoring where you are at all times, demanding you update on your location.