There are people who inadvertently are receiving psychological abuse and are not aware that other people are having this aggressive behavior psychologically with them. Psychological abuse, also known as emotional abuse , can occur in close relationships, including parent-child relationships, marital relationships, or sibling relationships. 

This type of abuse causes harm to the victim, since they are made to believe that they have no value and are to blame for everything bad that happens to them or that others do to them. Psychological abuse is particularly harmful to children because of the impact it has on the development of self-esteem and patterns related to others.

Psychological abuse

Harming a person through emotional abuse, sometimes called psychological abuse, means that there is a chronic and consistent pattern of abuse that is causing significant distress.  This interferes with a person’s ability to develop healthy and stable patterns of relationship with others . It is possible that at some point in your life or even right now, you are the victim of a psychological abuser but you have not realized the damage that he is doing to you. It is even possible that you have thought that you are to blame for what happens to you and also, it would not be surprising if you also had a toxic and dependent relationship with that person who torments you.

Perpetrators of mental abuse

Intimidating others, verbal threats, name calling, excessive blaming, and rejecting and belittling people are all methods a perpetrator of abuse uses to maintain control and power over a victim. Emotional abusers will also try to keep their victims isolated from family, friends, or coworkers in an effort to eliminate support systems .

Victims of psychological abuse

Experiencing low self-esteem, unrealistic fears, anxiety, nightmares, trouble sleeping, mood swings, and / or self-injurious behavior are characteristics that can be identified in victims of emotional abuse. Sometimes psychological abuse can be difficult for victims to recognize until a consistent pattern has developed in the relationship with the abuser.

Abusive relationships

Being in an abusive relationship is detrimental to both the abuser and the victim . A cycle of psychological abuse occurs in which the abuse will reach its peak, it will be reduced to a phase of ‘honeymoon’ with the abuser indicating remorse and the victim will forgive him, this cycle if not broken abruptly can last decades … because this cycle repeats itself again and repeatedly.

How to prevent this type of abuse

Seeking help from professionals such as a therapist can help identify abuse and raise awareness of interventions that will help break the cycle. Assertiveness  skills training , self-esteem improvement, and support groups can help the victim regain control of an abusive situation.

What you must not forget

Recognizing the early warning signs of a potentially abusive relationship is significantly helpful in getting out as quickly as possible. Emotional and psychological abuse can turn into physical or sexual abuse over time.  It is important to identify any signs of mental abuse early to avoid further harm to the victim.

Once the abuse is recognized, it is important to act quickly to avoid falling into the emotional dependence that the abuser empowers in the victim to prevent him from being estranged and thus be able to continue to control him for his benefit. A psychological abuser will not want to allow you to walk away for anything in the world, so you will have to act with a cold mind.

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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