If healing were a linear narrative (which it most certainly isn’t), my most recent realizations would be significant enough to indicate a new milestone.
What I mean, is that my curiosity about why I am the way I am as an adult has led me to the concept of emotional neglect. If you want to familiarize yourself with this concept, I would recommend checking out the work of psychologist Dr Jonice Webb. I found her through a great episode of the podcast “Mental Illness Happy Hour” which can be found here.
Essentially though, the idea is that sometimes the most harm comes not from abuse that is inflicted upon an individual, but instead what is withheld from them. It’s often really hard to recognize after the fact because there isn’t a specific incident or experience to remember, instead it’s the absence of an experience that becomes harmful.
As Dr. Jonice…
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By: Damita Glaude
Emotional abuse can manifest itself in any type of relationship from familial to romantic. There is a severe lack of statistical information, both locally in the Atlanta area and worldwide, on emotional abuse and a great deal of shame that comes with acknowledging you have been hurt, not physically, but mentally. Understanding what emotional abuse is and the psychological impact this type of abuse has, can lead to a greater awareness.
KENNESAW, Ga. — Amy Bear has been running her private emotional abuse counseling practice since 2009 and says that abuse is an epidemic. “I think there are a lot of people out there who are psychologically damaged and have a profound sense of insecurity and when someone is emotionally abused there is a possibility of them perpetuating that abuse in other relationships,” said Bear. Bear is one of the only therapists in the Atlanta area that…
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