Relationships that fall into the emotionally abusive category can be one of the most emotionally draining experiences of your life. The pain of abuse can emotionally scar you for life. It can also cause you to have low self esteem. So how do you know if you are in a potentially abusive relationship? What are the signs of an emotionally abusive relationship? Here are some things that might help you recognize if you are in this type of relationship.
o Signs of an emotionally abusive relationship often take the form of manipulation and control through social media, phone calls and text messages. – If you are constantly asked to update your Facebook page with pictures from your most recent vacation or if you receive texts from your ex-girlfriend all of a sudden, then there may be a problem. These types of approaches to updating your page and communicating with you are psychological abuses. They are manipulative and mean. The use of social media and texts as a weapon to gain control of your life is psychological abuse and it happens way too often.
o Phoning or texting your partner is a common sign of an emotionally abusive relationship. – Many times victims won’t even realize that the communication they are having is not with their partner. It’s done regularly through text messaging or even voice messaging. It becomes a routine and then you start to worry, who could be reading those texts. This is also another psychological tactic to gain power over you and control your life. Victims should keep their distance or block out communication if they feel their partner is doing this.
o Feeling like your partner has changed and that there is no longer any love between you – If you have been in an emotionally abusive relationship and your partner has emotionally abused you, then you will notice changes in your relationship. You will begin to avoid your partner. You might avoid being around them or stop spending time together. You might become depressed or start to doubt yourself. An emotionally abused person will usually withdraw from friends and family and won’t want to spend time with others.
o Dealing with anger, stress, depression, hopelessness and other symptoms of emotional abuse – Emotionally abused people have all kinds of problems and their whole lives are affected by it. Most of the time, victims of emotionally abused relationships don’t recognize that they are emotionally abused until it is too late. Most victims never realize what is happening to them because of the silence that envelopes them.
If you think you may be in an emotionally abusive relationship, it’s important that you get help. You need to find help now. There are resources available to help you get out of this situation. You can find them by searching online, by talking to your family and friends, and by asking your doctor for advice.