Emotional abuse is a real and detrimental problem in many relationships. Many victims do not detect the abuse because they believe that since they are not being hit, they are not being abused. Emotional abuse is any treatment from a loved one that results in a diminished sense of self-worth. This can include insults, isolation, intimidation, verbal assault, and other hurtful behavior.
Detecting the Abuse
If you believe you or a loved one may be in an abusive relationship, be sure you know what signs to look for:
- Humiliation: If a loved one regularly puts you down or insults you in front of others, this is often a key sign that you are being emotionally abused.
- Monitoring: You may feel as though you need to ask permission to see certain people, including friends and family.
- Insulting: The abuser will regularly point out your flaws and shortcomings.
- Threats: You receive small comments that are threatening, such as a threat to leave you or freeze your bank account.
Healing from Abuse
Emotional abuse is just as damaging, if not more so than physical abuse. If you or a loved one is suffering in an abusive relationship, it’s important to seek help and ensure that there is a strong support system. It can be difficult to leave an abusive partner.
If you are looking for a counselor to help understand and heal the pain from emotional abuse, be sure to seek out the counseling services of Dr. Beth Firestein at Inner Source. Contact us today for a free 15-minute consultation.