15 Signs of an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

Adriana Velez | Jun 13, 2012 Love & Sex

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Emotional abuse, while it leaves no marks, can sometimes be the hardest type of abuse to understand in a relationship. It's hard to imagine that a person who "loves" us could be abusive to us -- and besides, it's just words, right? It's not like there are physical altercations or beatings. Well, the sad truth is, while broken bones heal, the wounds left from emotional abuse can last an entire lifetime.

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Emotional abuse is a form of abuse in which a partner uses verbal assault, fear, shaming, or humiliation to undermine the other person's self-esteem and self-worth. And unfortunately, it's more common than any of us would like to think. Emotional abuse in a relationship is not only complicated and confusing for victims to acknowledge, but it's also every bit as damaging as physical abuse.

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Anyone in an emotionally abusive relationship, or who even thinks they are being abused or even thinks, maybe, it's "not bad enough" to do anything about it, remember: It is. No one deserves to be treated this way, and everyone is worthy of respect in a relationship. Everyone. So be aware of these signs and please seek help if these signs sound all too familiar. 

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