Psychological abuse

Psychological abuse

The psychological abuse is a type of aggression in which, without using physical violence, it persecutes remove trust and independence of a victim in order to limit his capacity for decision and autonomy by damaging his self-esteem. This abuse can be verbal or nonverbal and has an effect very negative and deep psychological in the lives of people who suffer or have suffered. Today we will talk about the harsh reality that psychological abuse represents.


  • 1 Psychological abuse, what is it based on?
  • 2 What are the main forms of psychological abuse?
  • 3 Psychological abuse and its effects on victims
  • 4 How to deal with emotional abuse

Psychological abuse, what is it based on?

Psychological abuse can be defined as any verbal or nonverbal act that may damage a person's sense of identity, dignity and self-esteem. These acts can be from verbal aggression, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or any other form of action that results in profound damage to the individuality of other people.

Being a victim of psychological abuse is not something strange and isolated. Every day there are new cases and it does not happen only to people with specific characteristics as it can happen to different people and at different times of their lives, both in childhood and in adulthood.

What are the main forms of psychological abuse?

Psychological abuse can be difficult to recognize since it can occur in a very familiar, frequent and prolonged environment, as well as subtle. Further, if a person has experienced psychological abuse more than once in different relationships with family, couples or people around, he may have even reached normalize this behavior in others, so it is even more difficult to detect.

Psychological abuse, as we explained, is an emotional abuse that seeks to harm a person's self-esteem. This is not a common act, such as a couple's argument, differences between people or a breakup, psychological abuse is a type of violence that seeks to annul a person through emotional aggressions. Some of these acts can be:

  • Mocking, humiliating or degrading a person
  • Ignore or exclude
  • Threatening a person and using bullying
  • Isolate and control the economic, social and intimate life of a person
  • Shout, insult or criticize a person frequently
  • Lack of self-responsibility and guilty of victims

Psychological abuse and its effects on victims

Abuse or psychological abuse can have devastating consequences on the lives of victims. The damage in the self-esteem and self-esteem, in the vision of oneself and the value of our lives may be influenced by the continued abuse that other people have caused. Some victims of this type of abuse have even affirmed that the consequences of emotional abuse have been even more devastating in their lives in the long term than having suffered physical abuse.

"I hate myself and self-contempt is probably still with me today and I don't really know how long it will take my mind to heal… The bruises and everything else, heal, go away. The mental side, prevented me from entering any other relationship because I can't. I have a real trust problem, so I can't. "Ana explained, a victim of psychological violence.

Psychological violence can cause victims to lose sense of identity, trust, ability to enjoy things that previously mattered to them and even to love themselves, as well as cause anxiety and depression. This can occur in the long term, maintaining the symptoms even if the relationship with abusive people who may have been parents, couples, bosses or friends, has ended long ago.

How to deal with emotional abuse

When a person identifies certain signs that make him feel that he is being psychologically abused, it is important set limits on that abusive relationshipas well as search external help, both from trusted people and from certain professionals who can help out of this debilitating situation.

Psychological abuse is, as we have mentioned, a process that is often frequent and prolonged and that makes the victims' self-esteem and decision-making capacity weaken greatly. This sometimes makes it difficult for victims to become aware of the abusive situation in which they find themselves, since they may have normalized it in their daily lives. Therefore the information and support of those around them can be essential for victims to be aware of their situation and prepare to get out of this relationship of violence.

exist props and treatments for people who have had the misfortune of suffering this type of behavior from other people. Whether supports by institutions or therapies that focus on restore confidence and self-esteem of the victims, as well as the enormous feeling of guilt that they entail, it is necessary that they decide to stop hiding the pain and leave the situation that so many negative consequences have caused them to be able to love themselves, their lives again and others If you or others detect signs that you are being abused psychologically, do not hesitate to seek the help of professionals, as well as institutions that can help you get out of these abusive relationships.

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