Ten Facts about Emotional Abuse

1. Most common symptoms are frustration, confusion, forgetfulness, lack of motivation, indecision
2. Statistically occurs almost equally among men and women
3. Often the abused person doesn’t think of them-self as a victim.
4. Almost always accompanied by lack of control over tangibles like finances, physical space, private communication channels, or schedule.
5. Deep seated belief that they are flawed in some fundamental way, appearance, intelligence, unlikeable, hot tempered.
6. Ongoing memory issues, fuzzy about facts, unable to assess time.
7. Children who witness chronic emotional abuse in their homes present with anxiety, school problems, hyper activity, emotional dis-regulation.
8. Effective isolation, wall of silence
9. Cycles of crisis and bliss/ withdrawal. No calm or normal.
10. Belief that abuser’s reactions are instinctive, inevitable and uncontrollable, and are caused by the abused person’s actions.
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