Emotional abuse is more common than you might think. The victim often has a difficult time recognizing it because of the various manipulations that are used to inflict it. However, it is imperative that you understand it’s signs and how to thwart it, because it is in fact a form of domestic violence.
Emotional abuse can be generally defined as using manipulation, fear, intimidation and guilt (among other things) to control someone and undermine their self-confidence, self importance, and ability to get along competently in life. The reason it causes so much confusion is because it can be subtle and elusive. People often don’t realize it is happening to them, no matter how smart, capable or self-aware they are.
Have you experienced abusive behavior at some point in your life from a loved one, co-worker, friend or anyone else? Do you know how to identify such behavior and protect yourself from it?
Are you or a loved one the victim of emotional and/or psychological abuse? Do you feel confused as to the best way to deal with the situation? Do you have a difficult time recognizing people for who they are or for what they have in store for you?