Forms of emotional abuse

Emotional abuse takes many forms. Having witnessed first-hand emotional abuse, I understand the signs.

What is emotional abuse?

Abuse doesn’t have to be someone shouting, yelling or screaming at us. That’s just one form of abuse. Unfortunately, abuse comes in many other forms too including:

  • Intimidation;
  • Sarcasm;
  • Humiliation;
  • Insults;
  • Mocking;
  • Hand gestures;
  • Bullying;
  • Teasing;
  • Taunts.

Most of these aren’t often thought of as abuse, primarily because they’ve become part of everyday life and every day scenarios.

All of these do take the form of abuse. When any form of abuse begins to diminish other people’s sense of identity, self-worth and dignity, we cross those boundaries and that’s when it becomes abuse. When these behaviours are constantly being repeated, then inevitably they will take the form of emotional abuse. Abuse is known as psychological, or chronic verbal aggression.

I find it hard to see or be around people who communicate in this way. Unless we say things that show we’re caring, that we’re compassionate, kind and gracious, everything else may be seen as abuse. So the next time you’re around someone who communicates in this way, you’ll know exactly the form it takes.

If someone cares enough about us, they will care enough to want to change the way they communicate with us. There is no excuse for any form of abuse.

16 Oct, 2014

6 thoughts on “Forms of emotional abuse

  1. I was abused by my first husband both verbally and physically and then I was abused when I was in school by other kids, but that was considered bullying.

    I agree with you. I don’t tolerate abuse any more, especially when it involves a child.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I feel for you that you had to go through that. No one should have to put up with any form of abuse, but I do understand it’s also not easy for anyone to leave.

      Bullying seems to be more of an accepted form of abuse. I’m not sure why though, because to me it’s still a form of abuse.

  2. I think we have all probably been subjected to some form of abuse in the way you describe. Unfortunately for some this can be a way of life in the workplace, school or at home.

    It’s a form of bullying and I agree, it mustn’t be tolerated.

    1. Thank you. I believe it happens mostly in the home and at school. It does happen in the workplace too, because it happened to me.

      I agree with you and you’re right; it mustn’t be tolerated and must STOP.

  3. I’ve witnessed enough abuse to last me a lifetime. And I believe there’s something demonic about people who abuse others for control; evil is painful.

    To sum it up: It is wrong always, anywhere, and for anyone to be subjected to abuse by anybody.

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