How To Recognize Signs of Emotional Abuse?

The unbalanced emotions you feel can take place so gradually that emotional abuse often goes unnoticed.  Unless you have been a victim of emotional abuse yourself, you will not recognize in your friends or loved ones relationships.   Psychological Abuse goes both ways.  A man may experience emotional abuse as can a female.

How do you know if you are being emotionally abused?

  1. Are you ridiculed for spending time with your family and friends?
  2. Continues to hurt you ESPECIALLY when your down?
  3. If your loved one seems full of energy when you are fighting but it exhausts you, you are a victim.
  4. Are you ridiculed and insulted then told you can’t take a joke?
  5. Does your loved one put on a friendly face?  Well liked by the outside world?
  6. Are your words twisted then used against you?
  7. Ridicules your beliefs, religion, race, heritage, or class?
  8. Criticizes, call you names, yell at you?
  9. Humiliates you in private and in public?
  10. Ever hit or pushed you even “accidentally?”
  11. Left you stranded?
  12. Abuse something you love:  A pet, your child, an object?
  13. Harass you about imagined affairs?
  14. Threatens to leave or throw you out?
  15. Try to control your decisions, money, the way your wear your hair, or makeup?
  16. Compliments you enough to keep you happy, yet criticizes you enough to keep you down?
  17. Questions your every move or motive, somehow questioning your competence?
  18. Makes you feel like you can’t win?  Damned if you do, damned if you don’t?
  19. Tries to convince you he/she is right and you are wrong?
  20. Incites you into a rage as proof you are to blame?
  21. Sex is demanded or expected regardless of how you feel?

Your situation is CRITICAL if you are always walking on eggshells, express your opinions less often, you feel vulnerable and insecure, trapped and powerless, your afraid of your partner, and has hit you one time.

Talk to someone you trust.  Talk to Clergy, call your local battered women’s shelter, educate yourself, and seek professional help.  Emotional Abuse often leads to battery.  DON’T LET IT ESCALATE!

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