Emotional abuse is a growing concern in our world, and since it is nearly invisible, the perpetrators go away Scot free. It often stems from the need to be in control. We all know what physical abuse is, and while the victims oftentimes try to hide it, the symptoms are fairly obvious.
But what is emotional abuse?
According to the Counseling Center, abuse is any behavior which tries to control or subjugate another person by fear, humiliation, verbal or physical assaults. Emotional abuse can include verbal abuse, constant criticism, intimidation, manipulation and refusal to ever be pleased.
Emotional abuse takes away its victim’s sense of self-worth, self-confidence, and their trust in their perceptions. The communication between partners develops into more of a parent/child pattern than one between adults.
Are you in an emotionally abusive relationship?
What are the symptoms of emotional abuse?
- Feelings of isolation from family and friends.
- Excessive dependence on him or her
- You feel like you can’t plan ahead because of your spouse’s response to anything you plan.
- You feel depressed or anxious most of the time.
- You doubt your ability to speak your mind, and express your opinions
- You feel like you can never do enough.
These are a few signs to watch for, but the list isn’t all-inclusive.
What can you do?
Sometimes, once a person realizes they are in an abusive situation, refusing to be a willing party is enough to start the changes in the relationship. Other times, marriage counseling can help.
And of course, last of all, when there is no hope of change, it becomes necessary to leave the relationship.
Don’t continue to consent to emotional abuse. Though the scars are invisible, they can be even more devastating than those people can see.
Take action today.