Emotional abuse is a form of control that makes uses emotions to criticize, embarrass, shame, blame, or otherwise manipulate another person.
Like any form of abuse, it can be seen in romantic relationships, friendships, within a family, and even at work.
Like all forms of abuse, emotional abuse is all about gaining power and control over another person.
Emotional abuse is often subtle and hard to spot — especially early on in any relationship.
Often times, you can begin to spot emotional abuse by asking yourself: How did what this person say or do make me feel?
If you consistently feel hurt, frustrated, confused, misunderstood, depressed, anxious, or worthless... you are likely in an emotionally abusive situation.
There are many types of emotional abuse, including verbal abuse and gaslighting.
Think you're in an emotionally abusive situation? Take this quiz to better understand the different forms of emotional abuse and how they manifest themselves.
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