What is Emotional Abuse? Abuse is any behavior that is designed to control and subjugate another human being through the use of fear, humiliation, intimidation, guilt, coercion, manipulation etc. Emotional abuse is any kind of abuse that is emotional rather than physical in nature. It can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics, such as repeated disapproval or even the refusal to ever be pleased.
Mar 2, ArticlesEssential Reading comments I want to start this article by doing a little thought experiment. Imagine for a moment that you are in a group of twenty people. In that twenty people there is a defined leader and that leader is responsible for motivating you, teaching you, and otherwise organizing group activities.
Things are going along OK, but then at some point the group leader decides that they are not happy with the activities of the group. Some of you are going to the bathroom too much, some of you are too easily distracted, and others are simply not following the rules.
Forms of emotional abuse: The group leader says it is for your own good and that it will teach you life skills, but for you it is an emotional horror show.
I mean, can you imagine the emotions that you would feel? Singled out in a group of twenty, publicly labeled as a loser too stupid to follow the rules, the subject of derisive and degrading attention, isolated, even terrorized by the psychological horror, you would be traumatized for a long period of time, maybe for life.
And this would be true even if the group you were in was relatively supportive. Even if they downplayed the social isolation and public shaming, you would still feel it at a deep level.
We are social beings after all and as the great Robert Merton said, we get our self-image in part by the way others see us. And if we think others are seeing us as some stupid loser which is the intent of socially isolating someone in this fashion then that is how we are going to see ourselves.
And that cannot help but have a negative, disturbing, impact on us. Your illustrious leader has isolated you and degraded you in front of his or her charges, and they are likely to do the same.
Human beings, children, adults, learn what is modeled to them. If an authority figure models isolation, degradation, and abuse, chances are that the people watching are going to do it to.
Sadly even when you leave the confines of the classroom, even when you leave isolation and re-enter the social fabric, degradation is going to follow you.
This means that the deep psychological, emotional, even spiritual trauma of the initial event is going to be revisited on you over, and over, and over again. If this sounds like hell on Earth, you would be right. Even adults buckle and break under the abuse of degradation.
And it has just gotten worse. Adults model emotional abuse to children, and children take the hammer and bring it down even harder.
New social media like Facebook has made emotional and psychological terror a ubiquitous, and, sadly, inescapable, phenomena. Of course, the sad thing is, it is a lot worse than just your personal feelings about it. The reality is most groups would not be supportive.
People, even close friends and family, turn on you when an authority figure labels, isolates, and rejects. There can be a snowball effect. First, you sit in the middle of the room and feel bad, while the authority figures treats you with derision and disrespect. Then the people around you start to treat you differently.ORLANDO, Florida — Emotional abuse experienced in childhood, especially in children aged 5 years and younger, confers an increased risk for bipolar disorder, new research shows.
This paper provides an overview of the risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect in families. It is designed for practitioners and policy-makers who work in the areas of child maltreatment.
Case studies from investigations by the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A look at the prevalence and consequences of emotional abuse perpetrated by teachers in our schools.
The voices of adults who were alienated as children, revealed in the professional literature and observed in my research and experience over three decades with more than a thousand families, make it clear that in some cases, we may think we are hearing a child’s voice when, in fact, we may be receiving a distorted broadcast laced with the static of a charged emotional .
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