Characteristics of an emotional abuser

Most people understand what physical abuse is, but when it comes to emotional abuse, they believe there is a lot more of a vague understanding. Feeling responsible for everything bad in the relationship, never feeling like you’re good enough, feeling as if you can’t express yourself or your thoughts without a battle, being informed that you have mental issues, feeling stuck and too traumatized to quit the relationship. These are some ways to define emotional abuse, which, while not physically evident, is equally as harmful and destructive as physical abuse. Worse, the majority of people who are victims of emotional abuse are unaware that they are being abused in anyway.
Many people worry if the word “abuse” is the proper one to use to describe any relationship problems they’re facing, they might believe the phrase “abuse” is too dramatic to use. But the key is how the behavior makes you feel, not whether it is abusive. It’s abusive if your partner’s behavior makes you feel small, restricted, or as if you can’t talk about what’s wrong, or if you believe your companion is restricting you from expressing yourself, or if you believe you have to adjust your behavior to fit your partner’s behavior. In this article, we’ve summarized the common characteristics of emotional abuser, for you to reconsider the direction of this relationship:
1. Verbal abuse: yelling at you or insulting you.

2. Rejection: Constantly rejecting your thoughts, ideas and opinions.

3. Gaslighting: making you doubt your own feelings and thoughts.

4. Entitlement: They believe they deserve special treatment & regard their feelings as more important than yours.

5. Superiority: They have a want and need to feel in control.

6. Sarcasm: They will use sarcasm as a method for shaming you.

7. Name-calling: They’ll blatantly call you “stupid,” or words too awful to repeat here.

8. Insults of your appearance.

9. Frequently criticizing, accusing, blaming, and denial.

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Resources

HealthLine. “How to Recognize the Signs of Mental and Emotional Abuse”. Accessed on October 3, 2021.

Psychology Today. “9 Early Warning Signs of Potential Emotional Abuse”. Accessed on October 3, 2021.

Bridges to recovery. “The Early Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse—How You Can Help a Loved One”. Accessed on October 3, 2021.

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