Emotional Abuse Quotes (355 quotes)
5 Signs of Emotional Abuse
21 Warning Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship
Are you a resentful, angry, verbally or emotionally abusive Man? Are you a resentful, angry, verbally or emotionally abusive Woman? Walking on Eggshells. Why Your Marriage Counseling Failed. Note: Dr. Stosny posted some of this same material and much more on emotional abuse on the Oprah Winfrey Website.
Because emotional abuse has become such a popular topic in the self-help and psychology fields, you may already be familiar with some of its signs, which may include withdrawal of affection, name-calling, and control. But if you suspect you're in an emotionally abusive relationship, you may be so immersed in it that you can't read the very destructive handwriting on the wall. Emotional abuse becomes, in a sense, your blurred normal. The term "emotional abuse" is thrown around a lot these days and that's a dangerous thing. To respect its victims, we have to be very careful about watering it down.
How do you recognize emotional abuse in your marriage?
Real talk: Emotional abuse can be incredibly hard to spot—even in your own relationship. But what qualifies as emotional abuse, exactly? It often manifests as a way for the abusive partner to exert power or control by being demeaning or invalidating, or preventing their partner from doing things they want to do, like spending time with friends and family or having a say in household finances, says Bobby. Emotional abuse can also happen under the guise of "teasing," "joking," or "telling it like it is," Bobby adds. At the heart of this type of abuse is coercion, says Bobby. This could include the abusive partner threatening to kill themselves if their partner leaves, or the abuser telling their partner they'll never survive life without them. If you think you might be in an emotionally abusive relationship, you're not alone: About half of adults in the US will experience "psychological aggression" by a partner in their life, according to The National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Domestic violence is once again in the forefront of the news. This is in part due to abusive incidents with sports figures or celebrities that have become very public. Abuse is not always as obvious as being hit or shoved, called degrading names or cussed out. In fact, it can very well be underhanded or subtle. This is the kind of abuse that often sneaks up on you as you become more entrenched in the relationship. I am talking here about psychological abuse, which is also known as mental or emotional abuse.