Psychological abuse , often called emotional abuse , is a form of abuse , characterized by a person subjecting or exposing another person to behavior that may result in psychological trauma , including anxiety , chronic depression , or post-traumatic stress disorder. As of [update] , there was no consensus regarding the definition of emotional abuse. It can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics such as intimidation, manipulation, and refusal to ever be pleased. Emotional abuse can take many forms.
What Emotional Abuse Really Means
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This is often the first question we ask someone we know or suspect is in an unhealthy relationship. Stopping short of inquiring about other forms of abuse implies that physical violence is the defining factor of an unhealthy relationship. This is a huge issue, because emotional abuse can absolutely be that bad. Even if relationship never gets physically abusive, emotional abuse can escalate over time with devastating consequences, even death. And while emotional abuse does not always lead to physical abuse, physical abuse in relationships is nearly always preceded and accompanied by emotional abuse.
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How to Identify and Cope With Emotional Abuse
Verified by Psychology Today. Hope for Relationships. Most people have an understanding of the concept of physical abuse. They see the battered woman or the beaten child and consider those situations horrific examples of physical abuse.
Most of us hope that we know what physical child abuse looks like, and how we could detect it. But emotional abuse of children by parents is a problem too, and the signs and symptoms can be a lot more difficult to detect by an outside observer — even though the consequences are just as damaging for the kids as they grow to adulthood. Children often lack the perspective to be able to identify the abusive elements of their emotional relationship with their parents, and it's only in adulthood that they're more able to detect them. Bustle spoke with experts on emotionally abusive relationships to learn how you can tell if your parents are emotionally abusive , and how it affects people into their adulthood. Why is emotional abuse such a big deal?