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Emotional abuse has deadly consequences

Any type of severe non-physical punishment, such as isolation from the rest of the family is emotional abuse. Forcing children to witness or participate in inappropriate behaviour, or corrupting them (e.g. allowing them to use alcohol or drugs, or to watch cruel behaviour towards animals) comes under the umbrella of

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EMOTIONAL ABUSE GOES FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

The negative messages of emotional abuse transfer from generation to generation, as abusive communication patterns become the norm, and so I hope this exploration has increased your awareness, and enabled you to look at your relationship to ensure that it is abuse-free. There are some pertinent questions you can pose

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Sometimes victims do not realise that they are being abused or controlled

Another minority group vulnerable to emotional abuse is people who suffer from disabilities. For example, the refusal of admittance of a physically disabled student to college, because of inadequate facilities, might be seen as emotional abuse. The victim feels powerless against the institution. Breda Gleeson writes of a case where

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God is not a punitive father.

More than anything else, I believe that it is emotionally abusive to portray God as a punitive father. Fear is one of the hallmarks of abuse, and negative and forceful preaching that arouses fear in a congregation is spiritual abuse. I think it is also emotionally abusive to ridicule a

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victims of emotional abuse are isolated and humiliated even in front of the children

Emotional abusers are expert in undermining partners in the presence of their children. The victim’s authority as a parent is eroded by belittling comments, and she may be blamed for problems with the children, including their behaviour, poor school performance, or even physical defects. In such cases, the children are

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Emotional abusers can be subtle in how they control you

One of my friends, who lived in a remote area, suffered an insidious form of emotional abuse when her abuser was rarely home early, because he worked such long hours. This is a particularly effective and disempowering form of emotional abuse, if the victim is a mother without a babysitter

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It is easy to gain a dependence on a bullying partner

These are samples of a wide range of abusive behaviours designed to control and disempower through emotional means. Abusers, for example, often threaten to leave the victims, and despite being in an abusive situation this threat of abandonment can fill them with fear. Linda, for example, had developed a dependence

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Emotional abuse is the most common and is deadly

The 2007 report of Women’s Aid, an Irish organisation to assist abused women, shows that reports of emotional or psychological abuse were greater than any other type of abuse. The same is true for Canada and the United States. All classes, races, genders and ages are targets for emotional abuse.

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The emotional controller is moody and sulky

Emotional/Psychological abuse She grew close to him And felt the warmth of his love Enveloping her in its gentle embrace. She did not feel the chill That sometime came And brushed against the edges of her soul. Looking with sightless eye, He did not see The cut inflicted on her

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People need to know what boundaries are before they can understand abuse. This will be explored in the early section of the blog, and will enlighten parents on child formation. Parents will also learn about dysfunctional child development in the next section, which looks at the creation of the abusive

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