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The topic: Abuse

The topic of abuse is one that I struggle with on a day-to-day basis. Let's be clear: not every person is abusive and not every person is abused. Some people have experienced abuse once or twice in their lifetime. But others live with it on a daily basis, every minute, every second. What may qualify as abuse to one person may not resonate with another. Beyond what most people call the obvious (physical scars, bruises, ect) is the 'unseen', 'unheard', 'unofficial' - emotional abuse.

What is Emotional Abuse?

Free of tangible weapons, emotional abuse easily uses words to assault its victim. Those who have been subjected to it often complain of name-calling, degrading insults, embarrassing public shouting. It whittles your self-esteem, challenging your own mental power. It robs you of trust, after all the one dishing the abuse is probably someone very close to you. You've invested time, energy and resources into this relationship. They know this. They play on your intimacies, your vulnerabilities until it seems there is nothing of YOU left that doesn't include them.

It is wise to mention here that often times we all say things, hurtful things to one another. But when it becomes automatic to lash out, insult, use harsh and cruel words - that's a destructive pattern. That is emotional abuse. You need help and more than likely the one you are harming needs help too.

The Role of Power in Emotional Abuse

Often the violator has Control Issues. They are insecure about some aspect of their life. If you are confident in the area they are lacking, they feel threatened and resort to belittling your endeavors. It's quite clever actually. You see, if they can make you second-guess your strength until it becomes a weakness or better yet a distant memory, they have succeeded. They now have the upper hand, the Power.

The purpose of exposing Emotional Abuse is simple: there are resources out there for both the violator and the victim. From the onset we have stated that we are NOT medical professionals. We do, however, have a good bit of life experience. I do a lot of research and I want to share some with you.






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The topic: Abuse

The topic of abuse is one that I struggle with on a day-to-day basis. Let's be clear: not every person is abusive and not every person i...