Effects of Emotional Abuse

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Each year more cases of Emotional abuse go unreported because the majority of people experiencing emotional abuse are not aware that it is happening. I was one of these people years ago; it took some caring friends to get me to see what was going on. In the following paragraphs I will touch on ways one can tell they are being emotionally abused, and ways to get help. While Undefined, Emotional abuse affects more people each day because they do not know that they are being abused.

Abuse is any behavior that is used to control another human being through the use of fear, humiliation, and verbal or physical assault. Emotional abuse is defined as systematic, patterned and chronic abuse that is used by the perpetrator to lower a victim’s sense of self, self-worth and power (Court Watch, 2007). This form of abuse is like brain washing because it wears away at the victim’s self-confidence, sense of self-worth, trust in one’s own perceptions, and self-concept. Other names for emotional abuse are covert abuse, psychological maltreatment, coercive abuse, and ambient abuse (Court Watch, 2007). Emotional abuse is more than just verbal insults, which is the most common definition of emotional abuse. This is the most common form of abuse. The reason for this is because it is so easy for people to overlook. Emotional abuse is made up of a series of incidents. Some of these incidents may not be intentional, and include things such as insults, threats, isolation from friends and family, humiliation, and put downs.

Emotional abuse can include a pattern of one or more of the following abuses: insults, aggressive demands or expectations, criticism, rejection, neglect, emotional manipulation and control, and teasing. Some other forms of emotional ...

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...im feel powerless and ashamed. Most important emotional abuse is more than just verbal abuse.


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