Are You In an Emotionally Abusive Relationship?
August 28, 2002
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Does your partner continuously degrade or belittle you? If you think that just because you aren’t being physically abused nothing is wrong, think again.
Emotional abuse can have devastating consequences on both physical and mental health. While emotional or psychological abuse may be difficult to pinpoint, examples abound. Here are some characteristics:
Threatening to leave
Making you afraid by using looks, gestures or actions
Controlling you through minimizing, denying and blaming
Making light of the abuse and not taking your concerns about it seriously
Continually criticizing you, calling you names, shouting at you
Emotionally degrading you in private, but acting charming in public
Humiliating you in private or public
Withholding approval, appreciation or affection as punishment