Whenever we hear or think of the word abuse, what comes to mind is the physical aspect of it. Hitting, punching, scratching, throwing, kicking and everything in between. What people do not realize is that words hurt too. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is complete bullshit to anyone who has been mentally/emotionally abused in their lifetime. I think that emotional abuse is not talked about much, so I would like to being your attention to this intense topic.
Emotional abuse leads to psychological trauma, which includes disorders such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Emotional abuse includes a regular does of “bullying” from another person. Signs of emotional abuse include (liveboldandbloom.com):
– Don’t seem to notice or care about your feelings
– Putting you down, alone or around others
– They make you feel like you are always wrong
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