Non recent emotional, psychological and mental abuse
If you feel you were emotionally abused as a child you may find the following information useful;
Emotional, psychological and mental abuse are often closely linked terms that can be used interchangeably. The aim of the perpetrator of emotional abuse in relationships is to reduce confidence and esteem in order to make their victim increasingly reliant on them. They use tactics such as intimidation, bullying, constant criticism and keeping someone isolated from family and friends in order to exert control. Emotional abuse in relationships is often a means of controlling the victim by having a strong mental hold over them.
Emotional abuse in relationships can include (but is not limited to):
- Constant put downs which make their victim feel stupid, worthless and useless
- Making them feel that they are bad/incapable
- Making them feel ugly or fat
- Telling them they are mad or ill
- Isolating them from family and friends
- Not allowing them out alone, constant checking up or following them
- Playing on their fears or phobias
- Ignoring or using silence against the victim
- Making false allegations about them or endlessly making accusations
Emotional abuse has often been described as a dripping tap, the abuse "drips almost drop by drop" until it begins to have a real and lasting impact on personal development.