Emotional Abuse: They Love You,They Love You Not!

When people think of abusive relationships, they often think of physical violence. But other types of violence can be perpetrated against a partner, family member, or associate. Emotional abuse is a form of violence, and it can have devastating effects on the mental health of the victim. Emotional abuse is often talked about regarding intimate relationships. And it's true that relationships between romantic partners are one of the most common settings of this form of abuse(BetterHelp, n.d.). But they are not the only type of relationship where emotional abuse occurs. Here are just a few-

Both men and women are victims of emotional abuse, members of both genders are targeted by their partners. Children can be victims of emotional abuse by a parent or other authority figureBosses can abuse their power over employees. Adult children can emotionally abuse their parents. You may even have another emotionally abusive friend, family member, or co-worker

Coercive and manipulative behaviors are not exclusive to any one type of relationship. One thing that most of these relationships have in common is that the victim is in regular contact with their abuser in some way(BetterHelp, n.d.).

Constant criticism

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Criticism is not always abusive. But when someone is constantly putting you down or questioning your decisions, a motive is often behind the behavior
(BetterHelp, n.d.). This kind of chronic shaming wears down the victim's self-esteem and confidence and makes them doubt themselves and their self-worth(BetterHelp, n.d.) . Criticism can also be disguised as jokes. When a joke is designed to point out your flaws (real or perceived) to make you feel bad, it is a criticism, and not a constructive one(BetterHelp, n.d.).

Not all teasing is abuse, but there's an easy way to tell the difference. If the joke is about something that doesn't bother you or the other person, it is truly a joke(BetterHelp, n.d.) 

For instance, if a friend or family member teases you about being short, but you are comfortable with your height and you know it does not bother them, it is a friendly joke(BetterHelp, n.d.)If they joke about you being lazy and have seriously criticized you about this before, knowing that it evokes a reaction from you, then they are pushing your buttons. Eventually, you may become more susceptible to other forms of emotional abuse because of being so worn down by criticism(BetterHelp, n.d.) .

Victim blaming
Blaming the victim comes after other forms of abuse, whether physical, sexual, or emotional. The abuser will tell you that things that happened are your fault(BetterHelp, n.d.) . They claim they would not have acted the way they did or said the things they said if you would have just behaved appropriately and listened to them (BetterHelp, n.d.) .

They will tell you that you always cause issues, or you always start arguments. 

Unfortunately, abuse typically happens in private so you may have no one to validate your experiences or help you understand that you are not to blame for their actions. 

Hear this now" you are not responsible for what your abuser does. Making your own decisions is not a cause for abuse.

If you feel like something is not right about the way you are being treated, you should trust your instincts. Seek help by finding someone you can trust to talk to. If you decide to confront your abuser about their behaviors, only continue the conversation as long as each of you can remain calm, and have an escape plan prepared before the discussion. You may want to hold the conversation in a public place.

It can be difficult to learn to trust your own judgments and thoughts after experiencing emotional abuse (BetterHelp, n.d.) . Emotional abuse can cause many secondary conditions that may also need to be addressed as you recover from the situation. 

These secondary conditions can include:
  • Anxiety,
  • Depression,
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • Chronic pain,
  • Reduced sexual desire,
  • Gastrointestinal problems,
  • Increased blood pressure,
  • And other stress-related health issues.
Know that seeking help is about healing yourself. Emotional abuse is a wound, and like any other deep wound, you're more likely to regain maximum functionality if you seek professional treatment. 


BetterHelp. (n.d.). You're Not Crazy, But Emotional Abuse Can Make You Think You Are. Retrieved from https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/abuse/youre-not-crazy-but-emotional-abuse-can-make-you-think-you-are/

The information on this page is not intended to be a substitution for diagnosis, treatment, or informed professional advice. You should not take any action or avoid taking any action without consulting with a qualified mental health professional.

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