Dear Divorcée,

You matter and deserve to live a life filled with color, joy, peace, and fulfillment. -anonymous

Emotional abuse is a form of abuse that is often difficult to identify. Many have come out of emotional abusive relationships, wondering what happened and unaware of what emotional abuse is or looks like.

Emotional abuse is when one partner significantly controls the other by undermining his or her confidence, worthiness, growth, trust or emotional stability. Abusers also provoke fear or shame to manipulate or exploit another individual.

I am a survivor of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse can tear you apart at your core, and it is vital that it is identified. Even if the relationship is over, it can have long-lasting effects.

Abuse is not love.

Here are 6 behavior traits of most abusive partners.

  • Low self-esteem
  • Selfish and narcissistic
  • Needy and demanding of you time and attention
  • Alcohol or drug abuser
  • Impulsive
  • Moody and unpredictable

Oftentimes, the abuser is dominating, controlling, demanding, manipulative, condescending, displays constant criticism, and keeps constant chaos.

These are a few identifiers to make you aware of what emotional abuse looks like in a relationship. These relationships are not only in marriages, but they can be in parent/child relationships, friendships, and familial relationships as well.

Emotional abuse can wear away at the victims self-confidence, self-worth, and self-esteem.

If you feel that you are in an emotional abusive relationship, or have been in an emotionally abusive relationship, seek support or help. You are not alone, and you can overcome the effects.

Blessings,

Andrea M. Stuckey

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