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8 Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse: What You Need to Look for

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Emotional abuse is a form of psychological manipulation and control that causes a person to feel belittled, invalidated, or worthless.

It can take many forms such as:

verbal abuse (such as name-calling or insults)

emotional blackmail

constant criticism

isolation from friends and family

withholding affection

and more

Emotional abuse can have significant long-term effects on an individual’s mental and physical health including:



post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

and even suicidal thoughts

1. Unwarranted Criticism and Blame.

One of the most common signs of emotional abuse is unwarranted criticism or blame. An abuser may constantly criticize one’s appearance, behavior, or activities in an attempt to make them feel inadequate and inferior.

2. Gaslighting and Deception.

Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse in which the abuser manipulates their victim by making them question their own memory, perception, or sanity.

3. Isolation and Limiting Access to Support Systems.

Another sign of emotional abuse is isolation and limiting access to support systems.

4. Humiliation and Belittling Behavior.

Humiliation and belittling behavior is another sign.

An abuser may use insults and put-downs to make the victim feel worthless or inferior. They may also use humiliation as a way to control their victim, making them afraid to do things that would upset the abuser. These behaviors are not acceptable.

People who should listen to this show are psychotherapists

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