What is emotional abuse?

Rebecca Ogle, LCSW

Emotional abuse attempts to damage your self-worth through manipulation, isolation, intimidation, shaming, and other tactics. Sometimes emotional abuse is obvious, but often, it is subtle and underhanded.

Emotional abuse can include…

  • Name calling
  • Backhanded compliments
  • Giving the “cold shoulder”
  • Forcing you to “choose” between the abuser and other people you care about
  • Consistently putting down other people you care about
  • Threatening to leave
  • Threatening to take away needed resources
  • Ordering you around
  • Demeaning your opinions
  • Degrading you in front of other people
  • Making you feel that you’re always wrong and they are always right
  • Making jokes at your expense
  • Controlling your money
  • Keeping close tabs on what you do and who you talk to
  • Treating you like a child
  • Making you feel like you have to “walk on eggshells” around them
  • Minimizing your successes
  • Pointing out your flaws and failures
  • Blaming you for their problems

It can take a long time to realize that…

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