Examples of emotional dating abuse
If you look back, you may recall tell-tale signs of control or jealousy.
Eventually, you and the entire family will “walk on eggshells” and adapt so as not to upset the abuser.
It may be said in a loving, quiet voice, or be indirect – or even concealed as a joke.
Whether disguised as play or jokes, sarcasm or teasing that is hurtful is abusive.
You may not have had a healthy relationship for comparison, and when the abuse takes place in private, there are no witnesses to validate your experience.
The Personality of an Abuser Abusers typically want to control and dominate. They are self-centered, impatient, unreasonable, insensitive, unforgiving, and they lack empathy and are often jealous, suspicious, and withholding.
Obvious and direct verbal abuse, such as threats, judging, criticizing, lying, blaming, name-calling, ordering, and raging, are easy to recognize.
Usually, they are martyrs, caretakers, or pleasers. Some aren’t able to access their anger and power in order to stand up for themselves, while others ineffectively argue, blame, and are abusive themselves, but they still don’t know how to set appropriate boundaries.
The signs of emotional abuse can be difficult to identify, especially because it is non-physical.