What is the difference between “emotional” and “psychological” abuse?

The Proxy Project

In the struggle and search for answers to the problem of abuse, we encounter the question of what is or is not considered abuse.

One immediate problem for me is that the definition of “emotional” abuse is used synonymously with “psychological” abuse. KP O’Hagan addressed the problem in 1995, in his article in Child Abuse and Neglect.

The confusion of interchangeable use and indistinct definitions arises repeatedly in the literature, as seen yet again in 2012: “There is no universally agreed definition of psychological maltreatment or emotional maltreatment”. Despite two decades of debate and attention, the literature lacks a clear distinction between emotional and psychological abuse.

Is it important to distinguish between emotional and psychological abuse?

For me, yes. I think KP O’Hagan’s distinction is valuable. Emotional abuse, in O’Hagan, involves exactly what it says:Graphic of question marksemotions. This involves how we feel, what we feel, and the…

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  1. Thank you for the reblog!

    1. Yes it is. Clarified a few things for me.

  2. Thank you for sharing. It’s a topic I’ll like to study more deeply. I just followed the blog.

  3. You’re welcome Gretiana! My topic is narcissism and emotional abuse is a byproduct of narcissism.

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