Reviewer Whitney White, MS. When you're in an emotionally abusive relationship, you are probably questioning your reality. You may start to have doubts about what you said or did because your partner or loved one tries to manipulate you. They may deny hurting you, and tell you that you're "losing your mind" or "making it up.
You probably know many of the more obvious signs of mental and emotional abuse. The abuser could be your spouse or other romantic partner. They could be your business partner, parent, or a caretaker. Continue reading to learn more, including how to recognize it and what you can do next. These tactics are meant to undermine your self-esteem. The abuse is harsh and unrelenting in matters big and small.
The purpose of this study was to explore and describe individual perceptions, meanings, and definitions of emotional abuse through the lived experience of women who identified themselves as being emotionally abused by an intimate partner IP. To answer the research question, "What is it like to live the life of a woman who is emotionally abused by her intimate partner? Unstructured individual interviews with 15 emotionally abused adult women resulted in the discovery of seven essential themes: captivity, defining moments, disassociation from self, fixing, mindful manipulation, relentless terror, and taking a stand.
This is often the first question we ask someone we know or suspect is in an unhealthy relationship. Stopping short of inquiring about other forms of abuse implies that physical violence is the defining factor of an unhealthy relationship. This is a huge issue, because emotional abuse can absolutely be that bad. Even if relationship never gets physically abusive, emotional abuse can escalate over time with devastating consequences, even death.