Emotional abuse can be done by constant berating or belittling, by intimidation, or under the guise of ‘guidance’, ‘teaching’ or ‘advice’
While statistics are elusive, experts agree that emotional abuse—for mostly women, but some men as well—have reached epidemic proportions. And despite its everyday occurrence, few of us recognize it, identify it or even do anything about it.
Emotional abuse leaves few physical scars. Its victims suffer no broken bones, torn flesh or spilled blood. Still, those wounded might describe it as the most painful and destructive form of domestic violence.
Emotional abuse is like brain washing in that it systematically wears away at the victim’s self-confidence, sense of self-worth, trust in their own perceptions and self-concept.
Do you know that you can abuse yourself emotionally? The answer is YES! Think about yourself image in your mind, kind of name you call yourself etc
Types of Emotional abuse
Emotional abuse can take many forms. Three patterns of abusive behavior include aggressing, denying, and minimizing.
- Aggressing: name –calling, accusing, blaming, threatening or ordering etc
- Denying: undermine the recipient the perception of their world, refuse to listen or communicate, emotional withdrawing as punishment etc
- Minimizing: denial, trivializing etc
By reading this article series, we hope it will help you learn to listen to your friends’, neighbors’, relatives’—or maybe even your own— hurtful words. And if you are a recipient of this type of domestic violence, first hold yourself in high esteem, re-evaluate your relationships and then do not cease to love yourself.